Broken Memories


By Shawn Ashman


Touched inappropriately, betwixt the eyes of your parents

The fear of another is never so apparent

Fear to go to the shop alone

The shame that you feel is so unknown


Forcefully told to work like horse

Condemned to failure at your schoolwork

Beaten if chores are not done

Threatened to be killed if you have any fun


Have babies, I won’t wear protection!

Told you are worthless, without ambition

Suffer and toil with the burden of a child

Born to feel pain, suffer and toil?


You are mine; I marry you, so go to bed

You have a degree, but you can’t use your head

Cook my dinner, don’t let it be late

Told constantly that you are an ingrate


Break away, set yourself free

Live your life, choose to be happy

Embrace, who you are, put the pieces together

Broken is an experience, it’s not who you are forever!


Written by:  Shawn Ashman


Painting called:  Broken Memories

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