Life is a Fantasy

LIFE IS A FANTASY!

A pink-eyed rabbit, fuzzy white

Hops in bedrooms filled with fright

A child of six with much to know

Her father's basest feelings show

She knows of LOVE, only through him

He satisfies his every whim

He leaves, she wipes him

from her chin!

Her mother NEEDS to see the best

He answered her God request

To have a roof to comfort bring

A yard where all the birdies sing

Tell me how she could really know

What source for learning could she go?

Her mother regularly beaten if not worse

The cycle of violence ? a woman's curse

Conflicting visions, dependencies

One can endure many idiosyncrasies

She could not make him defendant be

Denial, avoidance? she disbelieves

The rabbit hides beneath tall trees.

At thirteen a step-grandfatha'

Finds a well-trained girl that oughta'

Do what powerful men request

Never knowing what is best

And run away she does at last

Freedom can be such a 'blast'

A rabbit's foot upon a chain

The FANTASY her 'safe' domain

How long in life must it remain?

To protect her from these men

Who always for her lips, do 'yen'

A state trooper in Tennessee Like every other man does see Her lips so full and luscious red Through the bars, not in a bed. This life men bring to little girls Even when their hair yet curls

The visions in her soul I saw

Ripped my soul - made it raw

I can understand the rage and WILL To take a life and even KILL

Just forgive and let it go The therapists say, what do THEY Know?

Einstein says "Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking, and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science."

Author of Diverse Druids

Columnist for The ES Press Magazine

Guest 'expert' at World-Mysteries.com

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