Ashleigh Gaffney


For Every Child


For every child who cries at night
Alone with shame in pain and fright

For every child who wants so much
To only feel a gentle touch

For the beaten child, who cries in pain
Whose tears run silent, like the rain

For the child used to satisfy lust
Who never learns to love or trust

For the child taken from her home
And made to feel so all alone

For the child whose home is just a shell
Where life becomes a living hell

For the child who smiles but cannot feel
Because of scars too deep to heal

For every child who yearns for love
I hope and pray to God above

To hear your cries and heal your pain
And give you back your life again

Submitted: Saturday, September 16, 2006
Edited: Thursday, September 16, 2010

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  • Rookie Ingrid Lee (11/12/2007 12:44:00 PM)

    Having done child abuse investigations I've met many of these children. I love how you so succinctly and accurately portray them...this poem reminds us of their heartache and for us to keep them in our prays. thank you for writing it and sharing it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Andrea Healy (10/3/2007 10:29:00 PM)

    this is amazing i love your poems (Report) Reply

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