A Poem by Marie Harrison

A message of angst


- Tool -

Wrench, hammer, glue

I’m was your tool

Your personal wedge

 Lodged between you

And your beloved


A jack-in-the-box

Your constant source of

Folly and amusement

Telling my secrets

To your friends and family

Showing them

My private pictures

For attention and laughs


You stole from me

Hurt me

Made a fool of me


You used me

As your sponge

To absorb all of the wrongs

You faced in childhood


As your sounding board

You forced your rage on me

Wishing that I had

Never come to be


But I refuse to be a fool 

Your Tool any longer

Because I’m your daughter

I have your blue eyes,

Skin that is fair 

And blonde hair


I'm the one you rarely nurtured

The child that you ignored

The one you resented


Still I need

Your attention, your love

How I long to be

Nurtured by you

But that narrow window of

Time has passed


On my own

I have to learn

How to live

How to make

My way in the world


How to earn my day’s pay

To say what I need to say

To express what emotions

That I need to express



I’m ready

To be heard

By you


No longer

Am I counting

On you to be the

Mother I needed


You scared me

You confused me

You scratched

And abused me


I’m always hurt by you

I don’t trust you anymore


I’m letting go now

Taking myself out

Of your tool box forever

Go find someone

Else to use and abuse!

© 2011 Marie Harrison

Author's Note

Marie Harrison
relationships are tough sometimes

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Posted 12 Years Ago

my relationship with my father wasn't any better, I relate highly to this, life can be cruel sometimes but breaking the circle helps nurture the soul. great write

Posted 12 Years Ago

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Added on August 18, 2011
Last Updated on August 18, 2011
Tags: Tools, Being Used, Abuse, Angst, Healing


Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison

Atlanta, GA

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