40 YEARS

“There’s a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good” (Hillis 1977)

They told me that to marry
A husband I must choose,
And so I was a good girl and
Followed in my mother’s shoes.

I found myself a good man
The babies followed soon…
But so did the depression
And a deep and deadly gloom.

I struggled through the years
Thinking I’m a selfish bitch,
How can you be so miserable
With a life that’s full and rich?

You see underneath the surface
Was a knowledge that I feared,
Bred through years of ignorance
And the way that I was reared.

I finally learnt to face the truth
It took me 40 years…
I stood against society
And I SCREAMED through all my tears.

You had no right to tell me
How to live my life,
I know he was a good man,
But what I wanted… was a wife.

© 2011 Annie Whitehead

Written in response to Writing101: Poetry – Day 6: Fallacy

Source: Burton Hillis, cited in Laurence J. Peter, Peter’s Quotations: Ideas for Our Time (1977), p. 425.

Namaste

A.L.A.S

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