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When Love Has Flown

Updated on October 22, 2013

It wasn’t a happy home

Two parents who once loved

Now lived separate lives

Keeping together for one small boy

Who knew this wasn’t a happy home

He’d often wonder

When they were out together

Sitting in his stroller

While his parents argued behind him

Was it his fault?

Was he the cause?

Perhaps if he wasn’t so small

He could move to grandma’s

And things would be alright again

His big blue eyes

Were often filled with tears

His parents never saw them

They were too busy

Disagreeing on everything under the sun

His happiest times were with daddy

When they went to the park or zoo

His happiest times were with mommy

When she took him shopping

Together they just didn’t make it

And he fretted and he worried

And his little heart was breaking

Home was a quiet place

Where he played all alone

Where mom did things on her own

And dad was behind a closed study door

How he wished there would be love and laughter

At times he was afraid to laugh aloud

When he watched a favorite TV show

Nighttime came mercifully

When he could hide in his dreams

And dream of a perfect world

Where his mommy loved his daddy

And they both loved him

Soon before his eighth birthday

His daddy started a project

He told him it was to be

A birthday surprise

That would delight him

But he wondered if it was because

The project took his daddy out into the garden

Where he spent most of his free time

And he didn’t have to be indoors with mommy

Late at night he began to hear

Angry voices using words that scared him

Something about crazy and something about not letting

But he just huddled under his blanket

And waited until the silence fell

That was usually after several doors slammed closed

Came the big day

And he bounced out of bed

Eager to begin his birthday

And see what daddy had made

He was also wondering perhaps

Perhaps this time

When he made his birthday wishes

His mommy and daddy would be in love again

He hurried to find his daddy

They were arguing in the kitchen

Mommy was saying that he shouldn’t

But what it was all about

He didn’t know

When they saw him

They wished him a Happy Birthday

And daddy said come and see

So out into the garden they went

And my oh, my there was a tree house there

He was so very glad

Now he had a place of his very own

Far from the arguing and far from the strife

But daddy told him he’d help him up

Only then daddy told him to wait

And he stood there looking up

He wanted to get up there

So very badly

And as he turned back toward the house

He saw through the window

They were arguing once more

So determined as he was

He went up to the tree

He grabbed onto the first rung

Of the special ladder daddy had built

And began to pull himself up

As he climbed he kept looking

At the house and saw they kept fighting

When mommy hit daddy

He got such a scare

And suddenly he was like a bird in flight

And he just kept on falling

Through the air

He wasn’t even afraid

He figured they wouldn’t care

When he opened his eyes again

He was in a white bed

And a doctor was by his side

But that wasn’t what made him sit up

And the doctor frowned

He looked where his gaze led

And through a big hospital window

The little boy saw

His mommy and daddy hugging

They were together once more

Then they came in and were smiling

The doctor told them he had a large lump

And a broken arm

When he was all patched up

His mommy and daddy told him

They would be going out to eat

And they kissed one another

Then held him between them

And he thought to himself

That a better birthday he couldn’t have

His pain wasn’t even that great

But his mommy and daddy

Were loving one another again

© 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee


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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      So beautiful and sad and I have been shown another song I have never heard! Thanks for sharing.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 3 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Enjoyed reading your heartfelt poem.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Sad, but love the ending. Some parents -- too bad kids have to hurt first.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.


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      Martin Kloess 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Sad, yet your light shines through. thank you

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      When Love Has Flown filled with a mixed emotion and is so incredibly written

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Glad you enjoyed this Jackie. Elvis had a lot of song which inspired since he sang a lot of what applied to life.

      Glad you enjoyed this juneaukid

      It does happen and tragedy brings you back to reality wetnosedogs

      Glad you found this interesting Eric

      You welcome Martin

      Glad you enjoyed this Devika

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

      This unfortunately is such a real scenario. I know of several pairs who I believe (even though divorce is rough) the children would have been better off--so glad to read this poem and have this happy ending instead


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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes, even when there is love a good marriage is something that needs to be worked at and maintained. It's so easy for a critical spirit to creep in and it always seems to be the children who suffer the most. Love your poem, it's so insightful.

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      Valleypoet 3 years ago

      I couldn't see this ending well, but I should have known Gypsy, you wouldn't let us's very sad that children carry the burden of parents that don't get on...enjoyed this, voted up and awesome:-))

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      Michael-Milec 3 years ago

      HI gypsy-lee-rose .

      Observant and thoughtful. A clear message to all adults, how little means " everything " to a child when parents live in harmony and unselfishly. In time of serenity there was a practical ingredience called " love."

      Voted up and beautiful

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and heartfelt poem!

      It is so sad that the children have to suffer due to parent' s differences.

      Voted up and insightful! Thanks!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Oh my, this brought back powerful childhood memories. Thank you Gypsy. Jamie

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I could feel the little boy’s great sadness and worry about the fighting between his parents, and his efforts to avoid them by retreating any way he could. This is a heart-ending poem and a reminder for parents who cannot see the hurt they can bring to their children, and what love can achieve in its wake. Beautifully written, Gypsy.

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      i am close to sobbing, dear Rasma! This was...very touching, and far too close to home (other than the happily ever after part)

      You are a Master (Mistress?) of poetic tale telling, and this one - hits the reader like a jab to the heart!

      sharing, caringxx

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      O Rasma, thank goodness for your happy ending. So well done.


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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      So sad but your tale was so skillfully wound out. So real I felt the pain of the little boy.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      How many little boys and girls are in this situation? Sadly, many. Fortunately, there are happy endings. Sometimes it takes a trauma like this to make people realise how important life is; the wise ones take heed and work on it. Great poem. Ann

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      Sueswan 3 years ago

      Hi Rasma,

      A beautiful and heartfelt piece. My parents never divorced but I wish they would have. Your poem has a happy ending but for those who stay together for the children are doing them a disservice in my opinion.

      Voted up+++

      Have a great weekend

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      As always running behind with all of my work. Hope you are having a relaxing and wonderful Sunday. We are having our usual gray, cool, rainy autumn weather.

      Kim it is so true the children always suffer. A better ending was inspired by the Elvis song.

      Glad you enjoyed this Blossom. So sad that it's the children who feel at fault.

      The inspiration Valleypoet was that it would take a near tragedy for a couple to come around and realize that love is still there. Thanks for the vote.

      So true Michael. If this were reality that boy would have come into a world of love and that love is important to nurture. Thanks for the vote.

      Glad you enjoyed this Chitrangada and thanks for the share.

      You welcome Jamie.

      Glad you enjoyed this Genna. It is unfortunate that the children are those who always feel at fault and suffer.

      That was and effort between me and Elvis who inspired with his song Leslie. Thanks for the share.

      Glad you enjoyed this Graham.

      It is the children who always hurt the most Anna.

      It would be great if situations like this could always work out happily Ann of course minus a near tragedy.

      It's sad to hear that Sue. You are right life would probably have been better in your family but they did what they thought was the best thing. Thanks for the vote.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Such a sad place for the children--but also for the parents--you really captured it!

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      Kari Shinal 3 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

      Being a parent, I feel much in the position of these you describe. I find myself consistently ensuring that my boys know how much they are loved. This was a hard read for me Gypsy, but a good one. Not to forget that parents aren't the only ones affected by such heartache. Nonetheless times will come where the parents must realize how unhealthy the situation is for their children to see such things. We don't argue, nor fight. Thus far it is like this. No. Perhaps I will make a poem instead. Sincerely Heartfelt and Emotional! K.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      The children always have it the hardest when parents can't agree Audrey.

      So very true Kari. It's hard to make relationships really work at the best of times but the children are the ones who find it the most difficult.

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