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Childhood sweethearts

They were childhood sweethearts far too young to know
Trusted in each other thinking love would grow
But no one ever talked with them explaining facts of life
But they knew with baby due they’d have to be man and wife

The child was born prematurely before taking marriage vows
And both felt obligated after many months of rows
They never really wanted him his birth was badly timed
But they would take a moral stand and get the papers signed

Childhood sweethearts pressure from both families
Childhood sweethearts got to face realities
Childhood sweethearts the shame and humility
What will the neighbours think?

He had never learned a trade opportunities there were none
The county’s economic state left prospects looking glum
Overdrawn with mounting debts they could not overcome
With no money coming in how could they feed their son?

Once they were both happy didn’t have a care
But pressure from society brought about despair
Lack of finance causing them to argue all the time
In desperation, he believed there was no choice but crime

Childhood sweethearts pressure from both families
Childhood sweethearts got to face realities
Childhood sweethearts the shame and humility
What will the neighbours think?
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Submitted by musopa on May 09, 2021

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