Family - Poetry - Trauma


Written by Alma Claire / Art by Samantha Mbwana

the golden child can do no wrong,

‘perfection’ is her lullaby song.

she smiles on cue and plays her role,

pretty little unflawed doll.


you might think her lucky, living in daddy’s light

but beneath the surface she is far from alright.

she can make no mistakes and show no fear,

she must hide her mess and conceal her tears


because the golden child must play her role

daddy’s happy, smiling, pretty, perfect little doll.

the shadowed child lives life ignored,

almost as though she doesn’t exist at all.

she can scream and shout as much as she likes

she will never feel the warmth of daddy’s light.


and while her life is lonely all alone in the dark,

she has some space to escape daddy’s wrath;

there are no expectations, no part to play,

only the shadowed lands laid before her each day


and its a cold lonely place, where no sunshine goes;

cold and dark and empty and alone.


the scape goated child is hated,

is the focus of daddy’s rage and is isolated.

she speaks the truth and sees the lies,

and that is why she is despised.


while she can make her escape the most easily,

while she knows the way that things should be

and will have the courage to one day break free,

its hard when you are the only one who can see


that daddy is a monster.


but all daddy’s children are part of the game,

they all have their role and their part to play,

remember it is rigged

and daddy wins each day.

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