images of vulnerability dance

naked eyes blink, shut out

ageless tormenter

held captive on stomach

a small child begs for help

big room no adults

sadist rages human victim

soul broken bones intact

held down sat upon

“I’ll tell Mom” you laugh

my cries unheard despair

When will he finish?

worse when he leaves

unwanted by anyone

even the tormenter.



gentle words embrace

compassion flows as

I face my younger self

Hi, you don’t know me but

I am you all grown up,

we survived.

Eyes wide you whisper

I knew one day you

would awaken.

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