Monday, 25 January 2016

Enough is Enough


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Your Photo Prompt for Week #4- 2016

The opening sentence for the January 22nd  Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner:  “Enough is enough.”

Enough is enough
Life is so very tough
She couldn’t go on anymore
Waking up was such a chore
Dragging one foot in front of the other
Trying to be a wife and mother
Dodging the blows that came her way
Night after night, day after day.

Enough is enough
Life was so very rough
He didn’t mean to lose his temper
Sometimes he just couldn’t remember
Times before when she loved him more
Greeted him with a smile at the door
Now she scowled and cringed at his voice
Was there another choice?

Enough is enough
Too much stuff
To endure these fights
Occurring every night
When he was older and bigger
He would stop his dad’s anger
He would take his mum away
One day.

Enough is enough
The lad was always so gruff
Mrs. Pearson worried about the boy
So white and pale and coy
The headmaster didn’t care
She needed to share
Her concerns with the welfare people
It would be a long uphill battle.

Enough was enough
Time for the bailiff
They took the TV
And the settee
But not the mother
Or the father
It was far too late
To stop the boy’s hate.

Word count: 200

 Sally Stackhouse 25 January 2016


  1. Very powerful poem. I liked the repeating lines. I enjoyed how in your poem/story you talked about it not only the bad relationship effecting the mother and father but also the boy, his school, and later his feelings in regard to his parents. Sad and powerful writing!

  2. You've told the entire story of this family in just these 200 words!
    I like the repetition of the first line.

  3. I really enjoyed reading this one. It has so much energy, yet so mach sadness at the same time. Well done!

    1. *much (sometimes I really 'love' the autocorrect)

  4. I loved the way you told your story! Thanks for participating this week. Hope to see you in Week #5.