Innocence - Gone! - Poem by Gemma Ambrose
Innocence is ignorance of the ugly fact
That life is a horrid, manipulative lady
Ignorance of the ache of a broken heart.
I lost my sweet innocence lately.
Exactly when or how, I cannot tell
I woke up one day, the world was fine,
But later I began seeing glimpses of HELL,
Not a hell of fire, not the traditional kind...
A hell where truth is harmful and hurtful,
and cannot set you free...
A hell where the law is the main tool
of injustice, hate and inequality.
I didn't understand the things I was seeing -
What happened to loving the neighbor,
Caring for the poor, and loving just for loving?
All this cruelty I've never seen before
It took two years of wretched living
for me to realise the loss of innocence
Oh! I can never again go on believing
The sweet myths, values; no more silence
It's broken forever now...
Oh! How I cry for the unenlightened times!
When smiles came easily and the heart allowed
Faith to feed the ever-hungry mind
With stories of God, Angels and Eden.
Like Eve, mine eyes were made wiser.
And the new-found knowledge can't be forgotten.
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