Liliana Roman

(10-20-96 / sanbernodino, california)

I don’t know what to call this poem…

My name is Carmen
I am seven
Today my mommy
Spanked me
I jumped on the bed
She said it was wrong
She said to teach me
She had to spank me
My name is Carmen
I am seven
Today my mommy
Hit me
I asked her to play
With all my manners
She said “go jump on the bed”
“but mommy” I asked
“You said to never jump on the bed”
She slapped me and told me to shut my mouth
“It’s all your fault you little bitch”
I went to my room
Face stinging
Eyes watering
I sat on my bed and stared at the wall
What was all my fault?
My name is Carmen
I am seven
Today my mommy
Beat me
She was drunk
As she always was
She was puking
So hard blood came
I leaned her over the toilet
I told her everything would be okay
When she was done
I lead her to the bed
And got her water and crackers
I cuddled her and told her I loved her
That I would never leave her
With that
She got up and yelled
“I don’t need you and I don’t want you! ”
She threw me off the bed
And she jumped on top of me
Giving me
Never ending
About 10 minutes later
Her arms tired
She stood up and walked out the front door
Leaving me unconscious and bloody
My name is Carmen
I am seven
Today my mommy
Let her boyfriend rape me
She said that if I even made a squeak
That she would kill me
He ripped my clothes off
And duct-taped my arms
He said he liked them young
It hurt really badly
And all the while
I was thinking
What did I do wrong?
My name is Carmen
I am seven
Today my mommy _______
I was on my best behavior
I stayed in my room all day
I didn’t say a word
I just stared at the wall
All day long
Towards the end of the day
She stormed into my room
“It’s all your fault! ”
“but mommy, what did I do wrong? ”
Those were the first words
I had said in days
She picked me up and threw me against the wall
She started hitting me with anything in reach
Oh wait, I didn’t have any of those
Just hands
But those hands brought the most destruction
“I hate you! ”
“But I love you!
An those were the last words
I ever heard or said
My name is Carmen
Today my mommy
Murdered me

Submitted: Thursday, November 03, 2011

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  • Romeo Della Valle (11/7/2011 9:22:00 PM)

    A very heart touching write that clearly shows how a child can go through such a painful and denigrating situation and be exposed to so much abuse by his or her parent! I really think the best title for this well penned and poignant write should be 'Child Abuse'....Liliana, your write gives you away and shows that you are a caring person with a beautiful heart! 10+++ Thank you for sharing! God Bless You! Love and Peace for always! Romeo from New York City! ... Keep it up for Poetry runs in your blood! (Report) Reply

  • Abdallah Gamal (11/3/2011 8:26:00 PM)

    Wo0o0o0o0w that's amazing, unbelievable, I'm out of words, I've never seen such a poem, it's a long beautiful story conveyed through a little words and that is a miracle, your style in writing is excellent so far better than mine. (Report) Reply

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