Donna Nimmo


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Growing Up


I didn't know why I was really born
I had a sad childhood and was always torn
Didn't know my daddy, didn't really know my mother
It was just us three, with my sister and my brother
We stuck together and formed a bond
We were all we had and were very fond
We would defend each other all our life
There was pain and fear and plenty of strife
We were abused and neglected most of the time
Then, you could starve and beat your kids, not a crime
We were passed around to home after home
We never had much to call our own
We had a different daddy once a week
They made us full of fear and awful meek
Some were very nice and some were very mean
Some would beat us constantly, and some would only scream
We all grew up rough and we all knew it
And if they knew about this poem, they would have a fit
Mother couldn't help it, her mind was very weak
All her life she suffered, her life was so bleak
But we survived it all and grew up too
And mother she forgot, and didn't have a clue
I loved her so much, through thick and thin
The angels came and got her, that's why I can pen!

Submitted: Saturday, November 26, 2005
Edited: Monday, October 31, 2011

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  • Veteran Poet - 2,677 Points Terry Craddock (11/9/2014 7:46:00 PM)

    'Growing Up' by Donna Nimmo is a wonderfully brave and honest poem, which encapsulates the brutal truth of a dysfunctional childhood of physical and emotional abuses and experiential scaring; requiring confrontation in adulthood, to acquire resolution and hopefully new insights strengths, and a long overdue peace of mind.10+ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 607 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (11/9/2014 9:56:00 AM)

    It's a marvelous poem...I like your courage and strong will to survive. that's what makes this poem stand out; quite worthy of being poem of the day. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,388 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (11/9/2014 8:13:00 AM)

    Frank expression of a real life story. Sensitive hearts may be grieving. I like it, because, it is some what closer to me too. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 752 Points Tony Karas (11/9/2014 1:10:00 AM)

    Wow! A totally awesome write! I vicariously lived it with you. Hugs, huge hugs, for that you've been through. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 6,689 Points * Sunprincess * (11/9/2013 7:18:00 AM)

    you penned your whole childhood in a single poem...
    I am sure your mother loved all of her children very much..
    everyone doesn't get to choose their circumstances in life..
    the only thing we can do is try to make our situation better
    excellent penning :) (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,897 Points Valerie Dohren (11/9/2012 10:39:00 AM)

    A very moving write, and well done to you for coming through such a tough time with an intact personality which is reflected here. Very well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Liz Munro (12/16/2005 5:34:00 AM)

    you have a wonderful talent.
    thankyou for sharing your work.
    10/10
    Liz. (Report) Reply

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