Lost Innocence - Poem by Amy Kerswell
Looking back on a time and place
Seeing a child's innocent face
The face was mine.
As I look I dont need to look.
It lives with me every day.
Knowing that things aren't as they appear
For inside she cries silent tears
Deep inside she is filled with pain
Every day is full of rain.
She feels dirty and full of shame
Innocence lost at a very young age
Locked this child in a pain filled cage
There is no freedom or escape
From the fact this child was raped
And subjected to pain.
While the guilty man is roaming free
This child is sentenced to eternity
Eternity locked away with all this shame
She can't help but feel that she was to blame
Even though common sense says it was not her fault
She can't help but have these thoughts
What ifs' keep running through her mind
She keeps going back to those moments in time
Why didn't she scream or at least try to run
Fear kept her frozen to the spot
While this grown man did what he should not have
Shame and fear made her keep the silence
Kept her telling anyone about the violence
The thing that is shocking beyond belief
Is that this child couldnt get any relief
The same thing happened again and again
The first one was just how it began
More than one man did his worst
None of them caring about the child they hurt
Was it her pain and shame they could smell?
With every touch a part of her died
Now she is in a prison that has no gate
Every one of them sealing her fate
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