Beyond the Ceiling


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Beyond the Ceiling

By: JP Leddy


Screaming words echo outside my room

Vile words spew out of his mouth to her

The one he promised to love until death do they part

Her words rage back  against his drunken stupor

Fighting his slaps and fists until she faints

Weeping in my room with my broken 8 year old heart

From the same scene repeated countless times

Where prayer has only brought silent answers

Where guardian angels are only porcelain figurines

I prepare for his departure to go out to her

So when she wakes, to take her to her bed

Then to go back to my room and look up

To know there is no God up there again

To help me beyond the ceiling

Submitted to Monday Potluck Poetry Peace, Relaxation and Spirituality

35 thoughts on “Beyond the Ceiling

  1. A very powerful poem…

    “Where prayer has only brought silent answers
    Where guardian angels are only porcelain figurines”

    …these words struck a chord with me…very moving sentiments. An excellent write.

  2. Heartfelt piece.. I have been a victim of domestic violence and that’s why I know what it takes to be there. My father, uncle and then my spouse, all of them have been the major vultures besides others!
    It’s all over now.. 🙂

    Sad and a realistic piece!!
    Hugs xx

  3. A very deep, powerful and painful poem you’ve got here. It brings out the reality that so many people have faced, and the pain it must bring them, the damage it must do to them. Very heartfelt piece. I really like th ending, and the realization.

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  5. Gosh.. this was intense, and very moving, JP! Abuse and torture really shatter one’s faith and sense of reasoning..
    Very powerfully written, my friend.. it invoked a plethora of emotions…

  6. I’m late to your site – thanks so much for referring me here – but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate this powerful poem. I saddens me deeply that there are so many people who have suffered under such violence, who have no understanding of the Love of God – because they have never experienced it through the love of one another!. God’s love is expressed through loving each other as we would be loved, and as we love ourselves. (God also acts outside of our love as well.)

    As you state so eloquently, there are many people such as the voices in this poem who have no frame of reference to even begin to understand what real love is. Thank you so very much, once again, for the touching, thought-provoking, mindful, and relevant poem! Well done!

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