PTSD Survivors Speak: Eighty pounds and sixty inches…

April was National Poetry Month and we were treated to poems by members ofPTSD, Survivors Speak, Poetry Month our survivor community. This week we share another poem, this time about a mom.

With Mother’s Day behind us, we think of nurturing and love. However, not all mother/child relationships are healthy. Especially for survivors of child abuse, the recent holiday can have very negative associations.  

Today we hear from Kat, whose mom was both extremely critical and emotionally absent.


Eighty pounds and sixty inches

Unattached, unavailable, indifferent

Ever present but always absent

I reach for her, she doesn’t reach back

I cry, she is unmoved

I scream, she doesn’t notice

Her protector, she leaves me defenseless

Something must be wrong with ME

What I ask?

Too chubby, too talkative, not very pretty, can’t carry a tune……so much more

Eighty pounds and sixty inches

Leaves a mark

Photo acknowledgement.

The ideas contained in this post solely represent the perspective of the author. To contribute to ‘Survivors Speak’ contact Michele.


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