Katinka Havermans

Veteran Poet - 1,097 Points (15-09-1967 / The Netherlands)

I Feel Your Pain - Poem by Katinka Havermans

I feel your pain
Your struggle
It has got to hurt
Deep inside

You are so tough
A strong boy
A man even
But just a child

I feel your pain
It is mine too
You know
I can only watch

You can do it
Yourself you say
I want to help
And say it will be allright

I feel your pain
It must hurt
Even after six years
That your mum and dad
Don't even like each other anymore

© KH

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

the struggle of my 18 year old son dealing with his dad's lies about his mum

Comments about I Feel Your Pain by Katinka Havermans

  • Mahtab Bangalee (9/21/2019 10:34:00 PM)

    I Feel Your Pain

    a sympathetic poem; beautifully penned, thanks for sharing and congrats for being selected this poem as POD
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  • Belle Wassermeister (9/21/2019 2:54:00 PM)

    We, the readers, also feel the pain of the poetess here. Well done, and congratulations for having it selected as poem of the day! (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard Snyder (9/21/2019 12:14:00 PM)

    Wow! This poem is unique. Very different from what I'm accustomed to reading. Yet, it has the same positive and pleasurable result. Beautifully expressed! (Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/21/2019 10:00:00 AM)

    Children suffer the most when parents get separated. They are not to judge who is right and who is wrong but what they miss is their love and care. A nice poem on the suffering of a teenager. Loved it. Congrats. (Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha Pathak (9/21/2019 8:43:00 AM)

    A poem that touches a deep cord, so touchingly presented here.
    It deserves to be a POD.
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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (9/21/2019 5:43:00 AM)

    A brilliant poem on feeling has been astutely delineated. Thanks and congratulations for being selected this poem as the member poem of POD. for second time. (Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu Dike (9/21/2019 5:32:00 AM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings.............................................................................................. (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (9/21/2019 3:29:00 AM)

    I feel your pain
    It must hurt
    Even after six years
    That your mum and dad
    Don't even like each other anymore.. the struggle of the 18 year old....... very well portrayed. such things happen almost everyday especially in a society where morals have no value. tony
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  • Katinka Havermans (9/21/2019 2:02:00 AM)

    Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. My son is 25 now and he is doing well. It has been 13 years ago since his dad and I separated so we had lots of time to heal. :) (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (9/21/2019 1:47:00 AM)

    I am glad to find this beautiful poem being displayed as poem of the day for the second time! Many congratulations! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (9/21/2019 1:16:00 AM)

    2) to whom do they belong? IF I may say, dear Katinka, you are a strong person. Very touching poem, excellently worded. Even your son is 18, but he was 12 when that separation occurred. (I am reading between the lines) From the OUTSIDE he is strong, but from his inside...? Your brilliant first and second stanza say it all.
    Thank you for sharing. CONGRATULATIONS being chosen as The Member Poem Of The Day for the second X
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (9/21/2019 1:08:00 AM)

    1) Hartelijk gefeliciteerd met de keuze van PH, lieve Katinka. Echt mooi ontroerend Gedicht. Het schijnt zo, dat je vorig jaar deze prijs won, ook op dezelfde wijze, één dag na mij. Het zij zo en ik ben er nog steeds onder de indruk van de tumult daarbuiten. Elke scheiding van ouders heeft nog een lange staart daarna. Het ergst is voor de kinderen. (Report)Reply

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  • (9/21/2019 12:56:00 AM)

    What is the relationship here between the person talking in the poem and the supposed child. We do not know. Neither we know the age of the child now. Only that he is still in pain even though six years have passed.
    This is about parents and how their behavior can affect children.
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  • Practicing Poetess (9/21/2019 12:50:00 AM)

    It sounds as though it's not only your son's pain, but your own separate pain, as well.
    Hope you received notification that you were selected for Member Poem of the Day, and congratulations, Katinka! : -)
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  • Akhtar Jawad (9/21/2019 12:23:00 AM)

    How a relation ship of parents affects a child and what a mother should teach to her child, nicely narrated. Congrats! The poem is good enough to be selected as members' poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (7/26/2019 9:51:00 AM)

    Deeply moved to read this powerful poem...I can feel so many untold things...Thanks for sharing. I heartily wish both of you to be blessed richly.... (Report)Reply

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  • Jez Brul (7/26/2019 7:56:00 AM)

    A very heart-touching poem! Glad to find this.10+++ (Report)Reply

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  • (10/1/2018 12:15:00 PM)

    I'm so sorry everyone, my email has put everything from poemhunter in my spam box and I didn't even see it was poem of the day! Twice? Seriously? I'm so touched by all the comments. Thank you all so much for your kindness.
    Thankfully my son (who is 24 now) is doing much better. Thank you all for your love!
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  • Rajnish Manga (9/22/2018 1:29:00 PM)

    The harshness of life seen from close quarters. How sad and challenging.
    Thanks and Congrats.
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  • Dr Dillip K Swain (9/21/2018 6:50:00 PM)

    Congratulations for this beautiful poem being chosen as POD! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012



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