Why…


i guess she never quite  

understood

why 

it was so important

for her mother 

to kidnap 

her 

from her father,

to strip 

her

of holidays,

to whip

her

when her brother got into trouble,

to scream at 

her

for not lying,

to laugh

when old men hit

on her,

….sometimes 

i see that mother’s daughter asking me why?

in the mirror…

and I don’t know 

what

to tell her…

11 comments

  1. Thank you for your post. You raise important questions. A good friend (Maryknoll priest) told me when I ask him a similar question, “Ray, sometimes there is nothing you can say, but you can always be present. Shiver with her in the winter, and sweat with her in the summer. It was wisdom. A loving presence is always more important than words. Ray

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