Ashley Perkins

Rookie (7-9-92 / South Warren)

It's Okay Now - Poem by Ashley Perkins

Since I am out of your house now,
I have so much to say to you.
You always put your burdens on us and made us feel low, too.
We never understood why you hated us so much,
we loved you every second and just wanted you to love us.
Why was it you were always so mad?
Can you tell me now, or is the truth really that bad?
Do you recall any of the screaming, at 2: 00 a.m?
What was the meaning?
I remember how you would yell at us and call us awful names,
you told us we were worth a damn,
and that brought us pain.
We would go to school, and be so afraid. Afraid of getting called on because we didn’t know what to say.
The bags under our eyes, are scars from the sleepless nights,
and from the tears we’ve cried.
I remember when you said we should have been abortions,
well this one’s for you, am I hurting your feelings?
You say you were under so much pressure,
I still don’t understand why we needed those lectures.
Mom just wasn’t strong enough,
she came to a conclusion that dealing with you was very rough.
I always thought that she used that as an excuse,
but I see now that it is very true.
You always screamed and cussed,
why did you do that? We just weren’t good enough.
I tell myself, as well as my sisters,
that its okay now,
were not what you’ve called us,
and we will make it somehow.

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 9, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, October 10, 2011

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