Treasure Island

Mary Nagy

(11-08-1970)

All Mothers Love Their Children..............yeah, right!


People always say
''Every mother loves her child...
in her own way.''
That's BULL!
How can you say ALL?
Do they love them when
they are beating them
until they no longer cry?
Well, maybe that's just
''her way''.
Do they love them when
they let them go hungry
because they've spent
their last dollar on booze?
Sure...that's just
''her way''.
Do they love them when
they send them out to buy drugs
for their ''proud parents''?
How can this be
their way to show
love?
I won't listen to it anymore.
If you love a child
you show it.
You LOVE them.
You care for them.
You do what helps them.
You don't hurt them
in the name of love.
Do they love them
as they walk away
and leave them?
I suppose that's just
''their way'' too
right?

Submitted: Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Edited: Saturday, April 29, 2006

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  • Brian Dorn (4/23/2006 1:32:00 PM)

    Mary, I like the way you used the expression 'their way', it fit perfectly. You make a strong point, as usual.
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  • Joseph Daly (4/15/2006 8:27:00 AM)

    The title shocked me for a while. You know I' m a fan of Lionel Shriver, so I think I'll avoid the theme and say that this is a truely excellent work., You get through the message well, with carefully chosen words and the piece isvery well paced.

    love

    Denis Joe

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  • Mike Finley (3/2/2006 7:27:00 AM)

    This is powerful, Mary - but you nmeed to go to a level deeper than bitter sarcasm. This is the story of your life. It has the power to destroy you, and may already have partially done so. Now you muist go deeper, as poets do - to the place where you said No, I'm going to live my life despite this pain. And I'm not going to be anything like that. That is a poetry that teaches others how to live - which is what poets do. (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Nehrlich1 (2/25/2006 7:37:00 PM)

    Another good one, Mary. But, lest all this praise goes to your head.....PLEASE correct mother's to MOTHERS (its only plural!) ....
    Na-na-na-naa-na : -)
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  • Duncan Wyllie (2/24/2006 1:56:00 PM)

    Someone who was very important to me once said 'That Child Needs a Parent Transplant'
    Unfortunately we cannot choose our parents and only too often the Childhood is traded for
    Things of little or no value. We as parents have a responsibility to put out love to our Children and to not cease in finding the right way. Love Duncan (Report) Reply

  • Slimboydim . (2/22/2006 3:33:00 AM)

    Most people have the idea that all
    Mothers must be loving.
    Sometimes the troubles in their
    own lives are taken out on the people
    nearest to them. This is quite often
    their own children. Thank God, its
    not the norm, but the exception.
    Your poem is a brave write, and proves
    one thing. Those behaviours, stay with
    'us' the children forever.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.

    Kindest Regards Slim. x. (Report) Reply

  • David Tanguay (2/21/2006 9:31:00 PM)

    I've done my share of booze and drugs. But I never had children of my own. A child to raise would have changed my whole life. like your poem Mary (Report) Reply

  • Rusty Daily (2/21/2006 7:51:00 PM)

    Intense emotion here Mary. I'm with you all the way. Bless you for speaking out.
    Rusty (Report) Reply

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