The Neutral Zone

The Neutral Zone

There was a sadness
enveloping her
that could not be shaken
She knew why
and could not share
for it would be mistaken
It was always there
just below the surface
A pool of emotions
One comment delivered
the wrong way
could spark an explosion
The neutral zone
in a divided family
The burden heavier by the day
Allowing others their comfort
While hers was ignored
Gnawing and clawing away 
Suspended in limbo
Going neither this way or that
Appeasing each side
Tears shed only in private
Good for everyone, when
her feelings she’d hide
Not having a solution
for the awful predicament 
She let it ride
One day someone
would notice
how hard she tried
An inability to be forthright 
with the parties involved
Her plight repressive
Fearful to alienate
those she loved
Her symptoms now depressive
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  14 comments for “The Neutral Zone

  1. May 8, 2019 at 1:46 am

    This is so often the case.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 8, 2019 at 8:35 am

      Sadly, yes 😢

      • May 8, 2019 at 8:37 am


  2. May 7, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    The one caught in the middle is the sacrificial lamb, torn apart by the egos of the two sides.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

      That is such a great statement Lisa! That is how it feels 😑

  3. ESP
    May 7, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    The inability to speak out must indeed be frustrating, sounds painful

    • Christine Bolton
      May 7, 2019 at 11:05 pm

      Yes, it can be. It’s also very difficult to manage 😑 Thanks for reading!

  4. May 7, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Plight of many, Christine! The rest don’t realise the concerned person’s predicament. Well expressed! 🙂💞

    • Christine Bolton
      May 7, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      Thank you Punam 🙂💕 Yes, sadly this is true 😢

      • May 7, 2019 at 10:59 pm

        It is. You are welcome, Christine. 🙂💞

  5. May 7, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    This is so true Christine and really happens in most families when one member has to go neutral over the misunderstanding of the others…without knowing he too is suffering himself…sad..

    • Christine Bolton
      May 7, 2019 at 9:12 pm

      Thank you! Yes, I know this first hand 😢

  6. May 7, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Wow – emotional write, Christine. Made me think of children caught in divorce – how they are caught in the middle. Also reminded me of being the middle daughter, the mediator, always trying to keep everyone else happy. Many applications.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 7, 2019 at 9:14 pm

      Yes, this is so true. I resemble your remarks! Some people have the ability to polarize a family and it’s never quote the same afterwards.

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