Poetry from Adult Children of Divorce

The pain adults experience when their parents divorce is different in some ways from the pain young children experience, but it’s very real. And adult children of divorce typically don’t get any support from the community. This page contains some of the poetry these victims of divorce have produced. I appreciate their being willing to share it with you.

This one is from Susan Cherepon, the informal leader of a support group for adult children of divorce. You can find her web page at http://www.angelfire.com/sc/GoddessSue/index.html

I once believed in Eternity
My family together for eternity
Mother, Father, Daughter, Daughter

How can I have been so wrong?

Is heaven still going to work now?
Will I still go to heaven with both my parents?
Or will they still be fighting?

Will I still try to make peace or is peace essential to eternity?
Maybe the fighting will stop, differences reconciled.

Will Mom’s boyfriend be in my heaven?
What about Dad’s girlfriend?
Will I care if they are?
Will I even notice?

In my selfish heaven,
there are 4 people.
My mother, my father, my sister, and me.
My heaven exists in a blue house on a dead end street in the middle of the woods.

My heaven has turned out not to exist.

Not on this planet and probably not on any other.

Why, oh why, can’t eternity stretch backwards?