Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sacrifice


 
She sacrifices her enjoyment in life
for those around her.  She can live
with anyone is her reply when asked
how she lives with a husband like that.

Her secret is to get used to all the things
she hates about him, prays, and goes on.
Her children she has sacrificed
every ounce of her being from day one.

She tells her daughter when she visits her in prison
how she is sacrificing now by raising her
grandkids.  People ask her how she does
it, she beams before she gets serious
and tells about how she sacrifices herself.

27 comments:

Mary Ann Potter said...

And the cycle continues...

Such a sad pattern of life here. I wasn't prepared for that last line --- a real surprise. You expressed this story so well!

Brian Miller said...

there is a danger in this for me...sacrifice can def lead to unhealthy things...like losing too much of oneself....nice story telling...

J Cosmo Newbery said...

When you find a system that works...

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, what a character study you have shared, Judy. There has to be a special name for a person such as this, but one thing for sure she would definitely be miserable to be around! Thanks for taking part in Poetry Jam, Judy.

Laurie Kolp said...

What a character! This is truly unique, Judy... as always. Good to see you at the Jam.

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SaraV said...

That ending was quite a surprise! I see so many relationships like this. People get used to the sacrifice. Well done. Thank you for the visit:-)

kaykuala said...

Poignant and touching, Judy! One often wonders how a lady under siege can bring herself to face up against all odds. Amazing! Many instances of such super moms who lived up to expectations of the family. Nicely!

Hank

Dave King said...

A brilliant intro' to the character. I don't know whether I would like her or not, but brilliantly done.

Jinksy said...

I think we both studied the same person! LOL

aprille said...

Now why do I think this is tongue in cheek? She loves having the grandchildren under her control? Nice puzzle.

anthonynorth said...

So easy to lose yourself to sacrifice. Great words.

Myrna R. said...

I hope she has something left of herself after so much sacrifice. Guess she's a modern day martyr.

Heaven said...

A tough cookie but I hope she cherishes and values herself too ~

Good character here Judy ~

Helen said...

Oooooh, I'm sensing the martyr in her. Very nice, you brought her to life.

Peggy said...

How did I miss this poem before Judy? Wow what a story -- and expressed so well. You rock!!

Susie Clevenger said...

Such a sad cycle..nice work!

Herotomost said...

I hate that this happens so much. And wish A. that it didn't and B. that those who are sacrificing could find a way to find themselves once again and lead a life that is fulfilling in ways that are not so responsibility driven. You have uncovered some sour earth here, a truth that is unfortunately all to real.. Great writing.

Deborah said...

a sensitive subject treated with sensitivity ~wonderful !

artbyrae said...

There is a cycle that is probably started here and may continue for generations. How does it happen and how is this passed from mother to child. Maybe from inside the circle of events the view is different and happiness is actually found. Great poem!

iambeingme said...

This is the pattern of life sadly.

Nice way of presenting the poem

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

You conveyed the tragedy of this so well.

Kelvin S.M. said...

...forgetting oneself for the happiness of others is indeed a sacrifice... too sad yet mostly happening these days... you portrayed the prompt very well... very affecting.... smiles...

Margaret said...

Sounds like her sacrifice was the wrong choice... she should have sacrificed HIM! Sometimes, lip service in this way is a way "out" of doing the right thing.

Wow. I hope this is not a self-portrait. Sounds like something we read in a newspaper... and don't realize that this quite often a friend and neighbors story...

daydreamerdreams said...

A true view of a mother's love!

Green Speck said...

You created it so well ... loved the sketch !!!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

The pleased smile when asked how she does it really says it all. She needs that outer validation, it seems, to know that somebody sees what she is doing. Really intriguing tale you have told here,Judy.