Nursery Rhymes by Ann Christine Tabaka

Nursery Rhymes


A childhood full of nursery rhymes,

as violent as her past.


Restless sleep with monsters

under her bed.


Nightmares fill her days,

as memories creep back in.


Now morbid, unreal images

wake her in the night.


Her heart races wildly,

as sweat pours from her brow.


Forgive, she has done,

forget as she tries,
feelings never really go away.


She has learned to live with them,

but it is not an easy task.


Time does not heal,

it merely blunts the pain.


Fear is the real enemy,

as demons battle on.


Reliving a childhood

full of nursery rhymes.




Ann Christine Tabaka has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry, has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. She lives in Delaware, USA.  She loves gardening and cooking.  Chris lives with her husband and three cats. Her most recent credits are: Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Synchronized Chaos; Pangolin Review, Trigger Fish Critical Review, Foliate Oak Review, Better Than Starbucks!, Mused, The Write Launch, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.

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