This Philosophy

'Children must learn to be seen and not heard '
A philosophy that reigned in her home.

The unhappy heart ached
the molested child was silenced
the muted anger became infested
the adult child became rebellious
because of this philosophy.
She recorded all her thoughts, pains, dreams…in a little book
for many years because of this philosophy.
She grew intimate with words because of….
...this philosophy.
She promised never to raise her children on this philosophy
or to flog them into silence
when they want to scream at the world.

by Marguerite C. Anderson

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