Photo Challenge #182 – Life’s Balancing Act.


Image: – Brooke Shaden

Life had always been a balancing act

It was how it was for her,

So many considerations to be taken into account,

How would the family react?

How would her children already estranged

Respond to her claims?

Mostly they wanted to forget the past

Deny there was ever any issue

Daddy was daddy, no one wanted to remember

The footsteps in the night

The curtains moving as he crept in

Soothed her with the belief

He loved her, and she felt loved.

The unspeakable was what it was

It didn’t happen in our family they retorted

You must be deranged

And launched new assaults upon her.

She retreated and hide from view

Finished her story and lay awake at night

Anxiety and fear gripping her,

But she received encouragement and support

Fellow suffers related well

Praised her for her courage

Penned their own stories

While she stayed silent

Balancing precariously at times

Teetering at times

But always determined, passionate and caring.


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14 Responses to Photo Challenge #182 – Life’s Balancing Act.

  1. this is wonderful, Michael 🙂

  2. weejars says:

    Wow. Great piece Michael

  3. Vivian Zems says:

    Poignant and endearing – that’s what it speaks to me.

  4. mandibelle16 says:

    Wow such an intense story this piece. Beautifully written but I also feel really upset that this girl’s family said what happened, never happened in their family. It’s such a terrible thing to say, almost as bad as what her father does. I’m relieved she got the help she needed and away from her screwed up family life. Well done to evoke a great deal of emotion.

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