I see in your
unforgiving eyes
the things that
you will now never know
The love I gave you freely
regardless of your faults
An extended family
that loves without
question or judgement
For you have never known
such a love
and do not recognize it
Instead you fight it,
scream at it
and punish it
until it perishes before
your eyes
Happiness sabotaged
and you reign triumphant
feeling vindicated
for your actions
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  30 comments for “Sabotaged

  1. March 8, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    I find it so terrifying the damage humans can do to each other… and sometimes even enjoying the process.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 9, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Yes it’s very real and I’ve experienced it first hand 😢

  2. sanaarizvi
    March 7, 2020 at 11:05 am

    Sometimes people don’t realize how much others do for them. They fail to appreciate love and concern which is directed towards them. But we still care about them, don’t we?

    • Christine Bolton
      March 7, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      Yes you are so right. I think it’s a sad situation all around and yes, we still care 💕 Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts 🥰

  3. March 6, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    How sad really but each one of us are different and respond to things differently. We all have our crosses to bear and journeys to walk!

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      Yes Grace and perhaps those journeys should be solo when one cannot help the other. Sad indeed 😢

  4. Beverly Crawford
    March 6, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    A sad story. There are those who grasp defeat from the jaws of victory and, unknowing, say I told you so! So sad.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Oh Beverly that is so true. Hope you are doing ok my friend 🥰

  5. March 6, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    How sad not to see the love right before our eyes! You have shared it very well.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:18 pm

      Yes Dwight it is very sad indeed. Thanks for reading. ☺️

      • March 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm

        You are welcome!

  6. hypercryptical
    March 6, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I read your About Me Christine so understand your words are from your heart.
    Until I retired, I worked in Mental Health and came across many a good person permanently damaged having being raised in a fractured family (I do not like the labelling term dysfunctional).
    Despite your pain, it appears you have been able to break free from the destructive cycle and understand the true meaning of love as in
    “An extended family
    that loves without
    question or judgement”
    (which I presume is your husband and ?children)
    I am glad your poetry has given you a voice and you can talk freely of your hurt, and I hope your writing is truly cathartic.
    Much admiration
    Anna :o]

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:17 pm

      Dear Anna, thank you so much for your kind and very perceptive words. Yes, you are a professional 😊. You read between the lines of my poem and understood. Thank you. Yes, it was a personal poem and it helped to write it. Unfortunately he has far more ghosts in his past than I do, so it is challenging to say the least.
      I really appreciated your kindness. Thank you and please visit from time to time 🥰

  7. March 6, 2020 at 10:18 am

    such power in the ‘never know’ a telling refrain for the arrogant.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:12 pm

      It’s incredibly sad Paul.

  8. March 6, 2020 at 3:47 am

    I heard of a recent divorce settlement with 10 million INR. The divorce after 3 months of marriage had no ostensible reason, and I couldn’t help thinking how silly the girl is. 10X the amount could have been hers, had she stayed, given the size of her husband’s assets.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:23 am

      Yes Reena. These things rarely make sense from the outside looking in. She obviously reached her “deal breaker” point and couldn’t stay any longer, regardless of settlement. Relationships are very complicated.

  9. March 6, 2020 at 3:23 am

    Yes indeed Christine, lots of truth here – so sad how many seem compelled to undermine their own blessings and I’m sure we’ve all come across this in our lives so fa – especially in those we care for and try to help… And so often, the more you try to stop this process, the more determined they seem to press on with it. Each of us has our own destiny and indeed karma, I guess… But can be so frustrating sometimes – but then again, what do we know?? One day it might all make sense… All of us ultimately on our own journey and with our own lessons to learn..

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Scott. You understand. It is so sad because the person in question has clearly been hurt as a child when love was weaponized and taken away at will. There is no wonder all relationships are destined to suffer. I appreciate your words ☺️

  10. March 5, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I wonder why it is difficult for some people to accept love! How distressing for those who love unconditionally.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 6, 2020 at 7:24 am

      Thank you Punam. Yes indeed it is distressing 😢

  11. March 5, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    I like how you joined the thought of punishment against those who try to love.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 5, 2020 at 10:08 pm

      Thank you Frank 🙂👍

  12. March 5, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    such a painful situation 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      March 5, 2020 at 10:09 pm

      Yes 😢

  13. March 5, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    Great write, some people don’t know how lucky they are.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 5, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      … and they never will … thanks Sadje

      • March 5, 2020 at 11:10 pm


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