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Grey-haired Old Man
by Annette Hansen
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
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This deals with a sensitive topic, but I hope it speaks for the many silent victims

“Grey-haired old man”


Come here little girl

Come sit on my knee

We can be friends

You and me


Your hair is so fine

So gentle and fair

Come sit on my knee

and stroke my grey hair


I’ll help you up

There … is that good?

I like your new coat

With a lovely red hood


You sit on my knee

and play with my hair

I like yours too

So blonde and so fair


Can I touch you?

Under your skirt?

It just takes a moment

It really won’t hurt


Okay, if you say so

I like to play

No, please don’t do that

I don’t like it that way


But baby, you love it

You know that you do

I just need a moment

A minute or two


She sat there and waited

Until he was done

It wasn’t a game

It wasn’t so fun


He wasn’t a friend

to this child anymore

A monster he was

with ten thousand claws


He’d be in the hallway

Late every night

and come to her room

to turn out the light


She’d lie in the darkness

Hearing him come

Under the blankets

sucking her thumb


Where is it safe now?

There’s nowhere to hide

Dark thoughts in her mind

And tears that she cried


She lost so much more

That day in the sun

She lost the woman

She’d never become


He tore that away

with a touch of his hand

This grey-haired old friend

This dirty old man


© Annette Hansen 2000


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Reviewed by M. Kenneth Coleman (Reader) 9/22/2007
This is a very insightful and powerful poem. It's very well crafted. It's such a shame for inocents to be stolen especially by a elder, someone that should've been a protector and care giver.
Reviewed by Annette Hendrix Williams 9/11/2007
Thank you for saying that. Grey haired old men sure can be hateful.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 10/16/2006
Wow! What a powerful write, one that many people would rather not hear about, sort of out of sight out of mind, or if it isn't them they don't want to hear about it. This is the kind of issue that I have dealt with more than what I would ever have dreamed I would to. But every child deserves a safe childhood, and if that safety has been invaded they deserve a safety haven, I try to be that for my students...very realistic poem.
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by Lin Edwards (Reader) 1/17/2006
Boy, can I relate to this one! For me it's the betrayal of trust that's so hard to deal with. Little girls should be able to trust their elders, especially relatives, and it's a violent shock when you find that you can't. Thanks for the poem.

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