Love Poems Challenge – Zora’s Blues


I wrote this poem with the protagonist from my novel, The Mistreatment of Zora Langston in mind. It’s called “Zora’s Blues”

A nine year old girl loses her father (2)

Zora’s Blues
By Lisa W. Tetting

I love you but I don’t dare
Take you in my arms and tell you I care
But that’s what I want more than anything
Every time I see you, my heart sings. (but I turn your stomach)

You look at me with ice cold eyes
Sometimes I wish you’d tell me lies
Say you love me and never let me go
These precious words I will never know. (because you hate me)

But I love you more each day
Just tell me what to do or say
To make you love me back
And stop treating me like a welcome mat? (but you enjoy it)

You gave birth to me so I don’t know why
Every time you see me you make me cry
I try my best to no avail
I feel like I’m living in Hell. (because I really am)

“Why Don’t You Love Me” is my theme song
I often wonder why we can’t get along
Moms are supposed to value their daughters
My only love came from my father (and you killed him)

I cry for him and I long for you
What’s a nine year old child to do?
When Daddy’s dead and Mommy is the killer
And she beats me like Ali in Manila (but I will survive)

So Mommy I pray you will change
Just think of all the LOVE you’ll gain
Stop beating me and hug me tight
I need to know everything will be alright. (because it will)

Don’t turn your back and walk away
It’s not to late to change today
Just say the thing I most want you to
And that is simply I LOVE YOU! (and God will fix us)

A Special Thanks to Pearls Before Swine for sharing her wonderful tribute to her husband for last week’s challenge. If you missed it listen to it here.

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