It Was Just Another Day - A Poem

It Was Just Another Day


It was round about my tea time

My friends had all gone in

One by one their mums had shouted

But I was waiting still for mine


Should I go without being shouted?

Or should I wait until the call?

I was so happy standing there

Leaning up against the old stone wall



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


The old couple at number four

Had gone away for a couple of days

But at their open door

Stood a workman all dusty and gray


He was young and looked so pleasant

As he waved and smiled at me

Mum said I shouldn’t talk to strangers

But he wasn’t a stranger to me



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


He was the workman who had been there all day

Who we could see through the open door

Who had watched us while we were at play

And we had watched as he removed the floor


He was still smiling as he beckoned me over

In his hand a white paper bag

I knew that bag meant sweets were on offer

But in my head mum’s voice began to nag



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


But now my eyes were fixed on the sweets

And that little voice began to fade

I made my way over to the doorway

My decision had already been made


He asked if my house had a cellar

As I took my sweet from his white paper bag

I told him that it had not

And mum’s voice in my head began to nag



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


I told him it was getting late

And that I really had to go

Mum would be calling me soon for tea

And she would want me home pronto


He was really such a nice feller

Talking to me all gentle and kind

He asked me if I would like to see the cellar

And I said that I wouldn’t mind



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


I was always a curious child

Who like to see as much as I could

I was never one to be wild

I was more compliant and good



He jumped down into the hole

Where the floorboards had been

It looked so dark, dirty and cold

And all of a sudden I wasn’t so keen



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


But he laughed and said don’t you know

I’ll not let anything bad happen to you

You’ve no need to be frightened so

So I said ok, like a compliant girl would do



He lifted me over the threshold

And let me gently down into the hole

I was beginning to feel really frightened

And very very cold



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


He reached over and shut the door

Inside we were now all alone

And I was a little girl in a hole in the floor

Which I was too small to get out of on my own



There was a small mirror hanging on a nail

Right by the front door

He had his back to me and he was combing

His hair while I was under the floor



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


I was so young I didn’t know what was happening

I was little and didn’t know what to do

All I knew was that it was frightening

And that coming here had been wrong to do



I told him I had seen enough of the cellar

And that I wanted to go home right away

When he turned he was not the same feller

And looked at me in a very strange way



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


He lifted me up with one hand

I was only little you see

I thought I got caught on a nail

But it was him that was hurting me



And by now I was silently crying

Then He placed me on the floor

What was happening was so terrifying

And the hole was between me and the door



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day


He tried to do many things to me

But for most of them I was far too small

I was not much more than a baby

In the end I was not much use at all



He covered himself and redressed me

And he talked like nothing had happened at all

He got out his sweeties slowly and calmly

And he said now don’t blubber and bawl



The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day



He smiled and said to me brightly

I am sending you home now you see

Then suddenly and more darkly

Said don’t tell anyone about me


He lifted me over the gap in the floor

And put me out through the opened the door

At last I was outside and free

What happened had to stay just with me


The birds sang their songs

It was just another day

The far off dogs barked their barks

It was just another day



© Annie Laurie 2009

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Comments 25 comments

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goodfriendiam 7 years ago

Wow I know not what to say. If this is your first poem my dear, keep them coming. It moved me.


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annie laurie 7 years ago from England Author

They Told Me I Should Get them Fixed was my first poem this is my third. I was worried that I had made it far too long for anyone to read right to the end but I coudn't finish it until it was done.


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LittleWhistle 7 years ago

annie... you tell this story and my heart cries. it is perfect. i know what you're saying.. you revisit it.. fix, fix it back.. leave it be at least for a month. when you get some distance to it then you'll see. it's perfect. my dear friend.


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annie laurie 7 years ago from England Author

Thanks LittleWhistle I shall take your good advice and leave it be. Its good to see you


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LittleWhistle 7 years ago

I know what it's like... you're off to a great start.. just tell your 'heart' stories.. you'll fly!


ralwus 7 years ago

Oh annie, it was like a song at first. I was enjoying the lyrical quality and then darkness entered and it became a horror story, an anthem of lifelong pain. Oh my, I don't know what else to say. The son-of-a-bitch anyway! I am pretty much a peaceful man until this stuff comes along. You did a great job of this dear, got me all riled up.


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annie laurie 7 years ago from England Author

ralwus please don't get riled up on my account this trauma has long since been healed and sorted. When I forgave him unilaterally and unreservedly it lost its hold on me totally. I am glad that you think I am coming on OK with this poetry thing.


ralwus 7 years ago

Well, you did such a good job of this one it just got me right here in my heart where all good writing should, and this one surely did. I'm cooled off now, but then I just read sort of a companion hub of Jon Benet and got pissed again. LOL Bastards!


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annie laurie 7 years ago from England Author

Such is the the price you pay for having such a tender heart ralwus


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PeeGee 7 years ago from UK

You see through her eyes something which I didn't want to see but needed to - you write about tough stuff - keep it at arms length... keep it coming


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annie laurie 7 years ago from England Author

Thanks PeeGee for your comments they are much appreciated


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Annie - I'm speechless... You took me back, It should have been just another day. The stanza of the birds and the barking dog is probably embedded in your memory. As the sound of birds were a saving grace for me, many a times when I was abused.

I empathize with you and have deep compassion for that little girl inside that was at the hands of this monster, who stole her innocence. I admire your courage and strength in sharing this poem.

Hugs,

Sage


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annie laurie 6 years ago from England Author

Hi Sage, I am sorry that I have not responded before now I have not been to these hubs in quite a while, and this is the first time that I have seen your comment. Thank you for your kind message and for the hugs, I appreciate both very much.


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DustinsMom 6 years ago from USA

Wow. This is intense. Great job. I too hope you continue writing.


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annie laurie 6 years ago from England Author

Hi Dustin's mom thank you for your kind comments, these few hubs contain my first attempts at writing poetry so every positive comment is really appreciated.


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Fiddleman 6 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Tremendous work here, you are a natural.


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annie laurie 6 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much Fiddleman for your kind comments, you have made my day. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to reply to your comments. I don't check in very often and this is the first time I have seen your comment.


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Minnetonka Twin 3 years ago from Minnesota

So glad you had the courage to write about this painful experience. Writing can be so healing for the soul. Far too many young girls have been sexually abused and I am one of them. It was a neighbor boy who was older than I was. Silver Lining is that I was called to lunch before I was raped. I wrote a poem about it here and for some reason, they wont let it make money. I hit many buttons and voted up. I am sharing this poem on twitter to help other survivors. Thanks again for sharing this experience.


Denizee 3 years ago

Powerful and emotion packed poem that flows flawlessly in rhythm and rhyme. The imagery stands out here and the reader is there in the moment of what is happening - Which is tragic and sad; with writing this the healing comes in waves no matter what happened to the man - and this is thought provoking as well because I can never understand the mind or the intentions of a deviant amidst society who cleverly tries to fool the innocent. Bravo - very nicely done..


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xstatic 3 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

What a scary hub this was. My heart was with that little girl and I wanted to throttle that perpetrator. I am sure he would have gone on to violate other children. I hope this was a product of imagination.

Your use of the "chorus" was really effective.


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Theater girl 3 years ago from New Jersey

What a brave person you are to write such a poem! I too think the use of the chorus is wonderful and pulls the reader along on a harrowing and heartbreaking ride! Bless you on your journey!


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annie laurie 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda, thank you so much for the shares I appreciate you doing that, I am sorry it has taken so long to respond to your comment I don't check in very often on this site. I am glad that your lunch was ready that day and you were called in.


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annie laurie 3 years ago from England Author

Thank you Denizee for your kind words, I am so glad that you found the poem and made such encouraging comments. I have never written poetry before but this experience seemed to lend itself to this form of expression. I am sorry I took so long to respond to your comment but I only check in on this site occasionally :D


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annie laurie 3 years ago from England Author

Unfortunately xstatic this is not out of my imagination, it happened pretty much as it unfolded in the poem. Thank you for your kind words I found them very encouraging, and I am happy that the chorus worked the way I hoped it would.


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annie laurie 3 years ago from England Author

Thank you so much Theatre girl for your kind comments and your blessing I am glad to receive both :D

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