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Tough love

She's cold, but she's in need of love

She's cool, but she's in danger of becoming

Her father's lonely daughter


Been on the wrong side of the tracks too long

Won't be easy turning her back on the wild side

Letting go of years of toughing it out, living from

Hand to mouth, crime sheet as long as her legs

But she can do it if she tries – really hard


She's a piece of work all right. Stirs her coffee

With lug wrench, counts her friends in black eyes


Don't disrespect her, she hates that. Be nice and

She'll walk all over you. Be tough and you might

Get through but don't count on it. I'd aim for the

Middle ground – somewhere between polishing

Her knuckle dusters and sharpening her axe


She's not nice, even her mother gave up trying

But her dad stayed around and taught her how

To stand up for herself – taught her to fight


It's not her fault – its the world she was brought

Up in. Never protected, never loved, always on

The outside, roughed it from the cot. Abused

And confused as a teenager and now close to

Self destruction. So, it's your call, take her like

You mean it or leave her alone. Taking her on

Won't be easy. She thinks love is for sissies

And sex something akin to blowing her nose


She's seen more than you'll ever see and more

Than any woman deserves to see. Teaching her

To love? Well, I don't envy you the struggle, but

That's what she said she wanted. Wants to come

In off the streets, settle down, lead a normal life

Can she be a good mother? Oh, I wouldn't know

About that, but I believe she wants to change and

I believe you might be just the man she needs...


©Joseph G Dawson
14/03/2018 – 12/02/2016

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