The Silent Hurt
by * Twilah
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The second in a trilogy about child abuse.
They badger back and forth, asking
Who did this?...Who did that?...When?
The perpetrator and victim's counsel,
Each of them desiring to win.
"Not guilty," his opening plea,
Knowing deep inside that he is,
Prolonging the days of anguish
From the damage that he knows is his.
Months go by 'til it's heard again,
Forgotten almost, in the public eye,
Except for the one who has most to lose:
That little one, who's watching close by.
"Am I not the important one?" she asks,
"Won't anyone please remember me?
Don't put this violator on a pedestal,
Locked away is where he should be!"
Her voice seems to fall on deaf ears,
Counsel knows all tricks of the trade...
Telling those that prey on small children
Not to worry, they've got it made.
So this little one sits alone in silence,
Feeling much hurt, betrayed and lost,
Her only fault? Trusting another,
Will she be able to survive the cost?
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|Reviewed by * Twilah
|Thank you all for your messages about this poem. I have to tell you that the ripples are still being felt afer SIX years. Many lives are touched by something like this. Thank you, again.
|Reviewed by Lori Moore
|Great theme, well handled. Nice job. Unfortunately, I know of cases that have gone both ways in destroying lives. It seems in cases such as these, the innocent always suffer.
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|A powerful message about our "justice" system. Thank you for this offering, Gloria. Love and peace to you. Regis|
|Reviewed by A PAX
|justice is blind.......and bound by rules
worshiping victory won for fools
children are life, hope and our light
yet they fall thru the cracks, and out of our site
ty for this
very powerful write.........pax A