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A f t e r b i r t h
by Erica Ivory

Sunday, December 08, 2002

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Get out.. Go Away!!
Why did I have you?
I must have been insane!
You have been nothing but trouble
from the minute you were born.
Do the dishes.. Stand on the chair..
God gave you two hands use them ..
Here is the towel to dry them!
Make sure you dry deep in the bottom of the glass..
I am going to check..
If it's not .. I'm going to be the lawnmower
and your ass is going to be the grass.
When your done .. fold the clothes down stairs..
Your old enough to fold towels you have to do your share.
Don't look at me like that!

The girl folds the towels in the damp dark
basement looking everywhere..
Especially where she feared the most
underneath the creepy stairs.
She went into the dining room the Mom had friends.
The room was smoky and they were all
drinking coffee when she came in.
You can't be done already! the Mom said.
The girl just put her head down and nodded yes.
Well, then go lie down in the middle of the street and count mufflers..
Just don't make a mess.
The girl ran outside listening to the laughter of the Mom and her friends.
The Mom always yells and makes fun of the child..
As if she was nothing more than an animal in the wild.
Slut, tramp, bastard, I could have aborted..
But I just couldn't afford it.
Your father in jail with me three months along with you..
I had no money what could I do.
She reminds the girl she is not her daughter
She has no worth..
She claims when the girl was born she must have got the afterbirth..
And her real daughter is out there somewhere..
The Mom screams ..Life is not fair..
The girl wishes she was the real daughter who makes no mistakes..
Then maybe the Mommy would stop all the hate.
The girl doesn't blame the Mom for being mad ..
If the real one never finds her way home..
Maybe Mom will change her mind..
and try to love her ... just one time.
No... She screams.. AFTERBIRTH AFTERBIRTH ...
The girl puts her hands over her ears to keep out the screaming...
She does not want to hear..
It never works ... She wishes she could have found
a better way.
Because even after all this time ...
She still hear the echoes in the back of her mind
AFTERBIRTH AFTERBIRTH ..
That is all you are worth.

Erica G Ivory






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Reviewed by Richard Lydle (Reader) 6/4/2006
Honest, sad, from your heart. You will rise above because you are strong.
Reviewed by carrie 3/6/2003
If this was you as achild you are writing about i feel sorry for you, some mothers just dont love kids
Reviewed by Rick 12/9/2002
Sad cuz I know it must be true.
Reviewed by William M. Sowman 12/8/2002
I cried so hard inside that I feel like I am dying. You told this so matter of factly and captured all the pain in the little girls heart. How can this be? Bill Murray
Reviewed by Dee C. 12/8/2002
OMG...what power this portrays, it devastates the senses! It's awful how some people treat children...even worse to feel the backlash if this is yourself you are writing about. Tears for the child! Bravo to you for such a eye-opening write! ~ Dee
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