She doesn't know it yet

There is nothing that could ever make hurting a child okay

There should never be saddness    Only wonder
There should never be saddness Only wonder
There should never be harshness    Only love & support
There should never be harshness Only love & support
The Boogie Man should never show up.
The Boogie Man should never show up.
They should never cry for help and have no one there to help them.
They should never cry for help and have no one there to help them.
They should never pout for more than a minute for getting into trouble
They should never pout for more than a minute for getting into trouble
The messes that are made should always be easy to clean up
The messes that are made should always be easy to clean up
More than anything...   They should never doubt that they are loved
More than anything... They should never doubt that they are loved
and that your love will always be there to protect them.
and that your love will always be there to protect them.

The hand of the girl, who was a woman too soon

She walks through life with a smile

She politely nods to answer him

He denies ever hurting her

She doesn’t know it yet but he enjoys her torture


She can’t see the sun on bright days.

She hides beneath the darkness of the shades.

He will lie to them all to keep them away.

She doesn’t know it yet but her life will soon change.


She doesn’t ask for help because she thinks she is fine

She learned long ago it’s easier to believe his lies

He looks at her and he never really cared

She doesn’t know it yet, but he’s in for the kill


She never saw it coming because her eyes were closed

She was looking the other way when he came at her

I saw you, you stupid bitch-I saw you look at him

I will make you pay-take my sin


When he was finished torturing her

She fell to the ground where she stayed broken and hurt

He yelled once or twice with calmness in his voice

For her to get up and bring his dinners choice


Something snapped that day, deep within her soul,

The choice was now hers and it was him or her

She looked in the mirror and she saw herself

When did this woman get here, when did I get to hell?


He yelled once more and when he looked up.

It was a different woman who stood their firm

She held up her hand and extended her arm

He didn’t have a chance to try to plea with her


The noise was loud, and it was quick

The blood ran quickly and it ran thick

She remembered her life before he found her

And she was done being the one left to hurt


When the police showed up,

She was still standing there,

Beaten and bloody as they walked in

She didn’t move-as the men came close


“Its okay little miss- we aren’t here to cause you more hurt”

With those words she looked up and saw his face.

A policeman was standing there with kindness and grace

What going to happen to me?” she asked as she pulled at her stained dress.


“We are going to help you”, he replied as he looked at her.

“Who is this man”? the officer asked.

She replied, “This is my mother’s husband and my silencer”


The officer took the hand of the girl who was a woman far too soon.

He took her to a place to sleep and a place to recover from years of abuse.


Years of hell and deep, deep scars,

She’s now a mother, and she still hears his calls.

She had to finally come to terms and admit what he did to her.

So she could see the strength and worth hidden deep within her.


He lost his life so she could find hers.

And the kindness from another gave her back to the world.

Look around and see there are people who care

Let them in if you find that you need the help.

Child Abuse is very real for far too many children

Understand it was never your fault

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Sunshiney31 6 years ago

beautiful H.C Porter


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Sunshiney31, Thanks for the comment and for reading- I am so glad that you liked the poem/hub :)


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Usually I'm not one to rant and rave, but child abuse is one of the sickest, most cowardly acts imaginable. I have no sympathy for anyone who preys on someone weaker and more helpless and innocent, whether they are bullies at school or someone insidiously lurking at home. It fills me with anger to know that children are not safe--not even in their own homes.

HC, your words are strong and powerful, as always, and they speak of strength and hope. I am always moved by your poems.

Mike


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Such a sad yet deeply moving poem. Thank you for gracing us with the sad but true evil that lurks out there. Rated up and Awesome.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Ah, this makes me so sad!!! And the video, that poor baby, only four days old and already subject to such abuse!!! I'm with Mike, it makes me rage and rant. Mike said it so well, see above comment, I'm not going to say it again, poorly...

I'm glad she stood up to her abuser and I could care less if he died. He deserved to.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Thanks Mike for reading and commenting. I think that anyone with a heart is sickened when it comes to the abuse of an innocent child. Thanks for sharing the view about it with me.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

MT, thank you as well for stopping by and reading this hub. I think child preditors should be locked up for life-child abuse is not something that anyone should ever live with...thanks again


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Paradise7, I feel your disgust within your comment. It is a mutual feeling toward these sick people.

This hub is loosly based on a friend that I went to school with-and her father did die, unfortunatly it was of cancer and not a gun shot wound-she ended up being raised by her maternal grandmother while her parents went to prison- he for sexual abuse and she for neglect for allowing it to happen. Although she was removed from the home-it never should have happened. Her scars are still very visable. Thanks again for reading and commenting


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angel115707 6 years ago from Galveston, TX

Amazing!! I have gone through abuse, but most of it I got myself into, perhaps. My first husband etc.

I cannot imagine what it is like to suffer young. I really had a hard time finding my worth after being used up so badly. There are two women who really amaze me, that have helped me to see my worth in Christ.

Beth Moore, and Joyce Meyer. Beth was sexually abused before her memory was strong, and as a young child, was pulling hair out and showing signs of serious trauma. Her mother wanted to deny it... Joyce, her father sexually molested her, raped her until she was old enough to leave, her mother, same thing....

It is heart breaking!!! ( I might cry thinking about it w/ this song playing) I love this song, when I hear it, on KSBJ, I know how it feels to be judged and ridiculed when they have no idea what I have gone through..

Also H.C. Porter, your photo's are beautiful!!! and so are the captions...

Wonderful, wonderful hub!!


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

angel115707,

Thanks for the compliment and for taking the time to read this hub. I too have found myself in abuse, and like you it was due to situations that I placed myself in.

My girlfriend suffered from abuse for many years, and I still see the pain in her face. She doesn’t find any comfort in love and happiness in life although found, she keeps it at arms length.

I am sorry for your struggles and for the struggles of your friends-I pray that someday-child abuse will not exist...and that all monsters are confined to story books and don’t find their way into children’s dreams to destroy their lives.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Mike's comment says it all, H.C.

Thanks for writing this.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Great job here. Unfortunatley I know a few people that this has happened to and it is always so sensless and horrid. I feel for all of the innocents in the world. Cheers.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Lorie6, thanks for reading my hub and leaving a comment (even if it just referred to Mike's comment) :)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

LadyJane, Thank you Ma'am for the comment. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read this one :)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

You're right, that was danged lazy of me. I used to work for the Child Abuse Prevention Council in Stockton, California and have probably, no, definitely seen my share of the horrors of child abuse. I hate it. I LOATHE it.

One program within the CAPC was something to be proud of, though, it was a 24 hour day care 'drop off' center where parents at the end of their 'ropes' could leave the children and go cool off. I can tell you it slowly became quite effective-though of course on a very small scale.

Maybe it's just hard to talk about it these days. But it's harder still on the children.

Thanks again.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

Child abuse of any kind makes me physically, mentally, and emotionally ill. We as parents and gaurdians are supposed to protect our children, and the fact that children are usually abused by those they know and trust is just sick.

If a child cannot trust their own parents, family, or gaurdians, who can they? The fact that the subject of your poem (who was forced to grow up too fast)takes back the power and defends herself shows that the abused doesn't have to remain the victim. They can take back their life and thrive as healthy and happy individuals.

This just makes me hug my girls tighter and do all I can in my power to protect them from those who get a thrill out of preying on innocent children - no matter whom they may be.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

lorlie,

Oh hun, you didn't have to come back and leave another comment, but thank you for sharing thatinformation. I have never heard of that program-but I think that it would help at least a few families.

You are right-it is not an easy thing to talk about- no parent wants to say...I am losing control-I need a break- I don't know what to do...So rather they snap and abuse happens and abuse destroys.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Veronica,

I wouldn’t expect anything but such strong revolting feelings from a wonderful Mom such as you. Child Abuse is so un-necessary and causes so much damage that can not be repaired. I can’t imagine my life without my kids-and I feel incredible guilt when I yell at them and they cry... I don’t see how any parent could justify inflicting true harm and pain on such innocence. That type of thinking is the true sickness in society and what creates the real monsters in the world.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

lorlie6, I note you were in Stockton. I was a teacher there and reported a child who had been beaten and nothing happened... It is an example I heard many times as an administrator from students; "Life is Not Fair." We must deal with the card we have and assist others who are not as fortunate... Gut wrenching, hard-hitting hub... It is what it is... It must somehow get better.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Dallas, Thanks for the comment. I hate the fact that sometimes nothing is done when abuse is happening. I see children that are afraid to ask for something to eat when they are hungry...This is rediculous. As a mother-I make choices, and I make choices for them even if I am having to do without. How can any parent put themselves before their kids? How can they neglect someone who sees them as the greatest thing in the world? What a sad world and what ugly people some people are.


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vlind 6 years ago

Amazing...so much truth...


princess a  6 years ago

lovely one, thougth emotional, thanz


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

vlind,

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment-I appreciate the feedback


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

princess a,

Thanks for commenting on this poem-it certainly is an emotionall subject that should be thought about by all.


Jayw 6 years ago

The poem was great but more should be done to protect and care for such children.


DoorMattnomore 6 years ago

"So she could see the strength and worth hidden deep within her."

That's one of the hardest things to learn.

I am glad she found it.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

jayw, thanks for the compliment-and I don't think that there will ever come a time when enough is done to stop such acts of cruelty towards kids-I pray for it, but unfortunatly people are cruel (some people)


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Doormatnomore,

I hope she truly knows her worth-she shines like she does...Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read and to comment


mtsi1098 6 years ago

nice job H.C - No one should be beaten and tortured like this...


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Alison Graham 6 years ago from UK

H.C. This is so beautiful - and so powerful.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

mtsi1098

Thanks for commenting--I completely agree. No one should ever live in fear and in pain because another person has taken away their right to be happy.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

ALison Graham,

Thank you M'am--I really appreciate your feedback :)


sapphire68 6 years ago

I can't identify with her, but I am so proud that she was able to break free from the pain and the prison she was in.


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

sapphire68,

I think that anyone that can come from any type of abuse has a strength that can give hope to the grim situations that we all experience in life. Her strength to survive is admirable to say the least. Thanks for your comment-and for taking the time to read :)


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Lillee McLoflin 6 years ago from Texas

I believe there is a special place in hell for those who hurt children. Thanks for sharing this girl's story which is probably very familiar to many.


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needs_a_break 6 years ago

*jaw drops* omg! that was the most moving and amazing and and and so many other things poem! wow i truly don't know what else to say but wow


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Lillee McLoflin,

Thanks for the comment- I am glad that you were able to read her story... I hope that there is an entirely different type of hell for the sick people that abuse children---they deserve a different type of eternity than other types of evil


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H.C Porter 6 years ago from Lone Star State Author

Needs a break, Thanks for the great enthusiasm and comment- I am happy that you liked the words of this poem. I hope that some others feel the same way about it :)

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