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A Poem About Parental Alienation -- The Lawyer's Note

The heartbreak of parental alienation

This is a poem about parent alienation. Those of you who are going through it know it so well. You know that family law is often a heart-breaking domain, where families are torn up without mercy or recourse. When one partner makes an accusation against another, most do not have the money, or the heart to fight. When the prosecuting partner decides that he or she wants to turn the kids against the other parent, there is nothing to do but pray. And the courts do not help, because the accuser is usually assumed to be right.

Remember though, that the children will eventually grow up and then you will have an opportunity to explain your side of the story. Don't give up on your children and believe that one day, you will get them back.

This is a poem about parental alienation and the devastation that it can cause. During a divorce, when lawyers get involved, people end up paying -- a lot. But the people that always pay the most are the children. If you are not familiar with the concept of parent alienation, check out this informative hub: Divorce and Parent Alienation: A Deadly Combination, and check the bottom of the poem for more resources.

The Lawyer's Note


The lawyer's note


Her heart sinks.

Another reminder of the

Children she has lost.

His crisp writing,

Full of righteousness

And eptitude.

A written testimony

To the case

She will never win.

Sometimes babies

Are stolen

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Through court cases

That give

The innocent nothing

And reward those

Who are willing to attack.

Sometimes families

Are torn

By selfishness masking

As concern.

And alienation strutting as


The lawyer's note

Comes and

Must be paid.

Balances weighed

To rob her.

But law speaks

And she must

Obey without delay.



Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 05, 2015:

Lewis, I am so sorry that I had not responded to your comment. I have been away from this account for some time. These situations are so devastating. Thanks for your comment, and take care.

Lewis Jian from Taoyuan City on April 09, 2014:

so true and heart wrenching

Thanks for sharing

Rebecca on May 04, 2012:

Well, Sarmack is my mom. She decided to leave my Dad. She moved away and started dating younger men and when I was around she made me call her by her name so they wouldn't know how old she was! It was DEVASTATING! Someday I really hope you realize the damage you have caused! And quit acting like you were the one abandoned and abused!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 20, 2012:

F, yes, divorces are done far too easily, with long-standing repercussions. Thanks for the comment.

f on April 18, 2012:

Sad indeed; and yet the lawyers and politicians are still at it: now they promote drive-thru divorces. You are right: what about the children?

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 14, 2012:

Sarmack, you said it so well; that is very true. Yes, and the parent who cares the least, is often preferred because there's no accountability. Thank you so much for your insightful comment and support. Take good care.

Sarah from Washington State on April 14, 2012:

A much needed exposure of the Truth. I have always believed that the parent who Loves the most, loses the most. The one with the political pull wins. The one who is willing to slander their partner in public takes the spoils. The children migrate to the parent who will spoil them the most. Wouldn't it be great if Love was the drawing factor! My attorney made the payment for me...

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 13, 2012:

AEvans, you are so right. It is so common and so sad. Thanks so much for the support and the votes. I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on April 12, 2012:

So heartbreaking. But beautifully written. It's a poem that happens everyday and it is very sad that our court systems are not up to par. Thumbs up all the way across except for funny and shared! :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 12, 2012:

Kashmir, it is so heartbreaking. Thanks so much for the comments and support. Take care!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on April 12, 2012:

Hi my friend, very well written poem and so sad when this kind of thing happens within a family,the kids are the ones who are hurt the most as the family is torn apart .

Vote up and more !!!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 11, 2012:

RHW, thank you so much. It is a terrible reality that many people experience.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 11, 2012:

This is a terrific illustration of a sad reality. You've written it beautifully:)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 11, 2012:

@Susan, thank you so much for your kind words. It is such a sad subject that is unfortunately, so common.

@Victoria, these situations are completely heartbreaking and I am glad that I was able to capture it. Thank you for your kind words.

@Vinaya, thank you so much. These cases are so sad. Take care.

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on April 11, 2012:

This is very sad poem but you write beautifully. I just loved your poetic narration.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 11, 2012:

Beautifully written. You capture the heartbreak of that situation. Voted interesting, beautiful, awesome, and up. This is a wonderful poem. Very touching.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on April 11, 2012:

Such a sad subject but a beautiful poem.

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