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Sad Little Girl: Alcoholism and Sexual Abuse

Updated on May 31, 2016

Mama went to Heaven

Sad little girl, her mama went to heaven.

She would sit by the window looking up at the sky.

Why did God need her mother, she thought it was a lie.

Her heart started to harden, and her smile went away.

She didn’t laugh, or skip, or play.

Her daddy didn’t know what to say.

He found his answers in a bottle, his wisdom he modeled yesterday.

The bottle of Regret

When he was good and drunk and wise he tried to touch his little girl and she would run and hide.

She left home one day and didn’t come back, she started finding her answers in her father’s wisdom,

The bottle of regret.

The sad little girl, became a sad grown women

And her heart turned harder, and she didn’t look at the sky

Why did God take her father, she thought it was a lie.

Against all odds she had daughters of her own,

Terrified that they would find sadness, she never left them alone.

She thought she was protecting them no matter what,

An unlikely predator breached her wall of trust.

Her sad little girl, lost her smile.

She grew up with a hardened heart, and found her mother’s wisdom in a bottle.

For a while, she wandered the earth, cursed to repeat old tragedies.

She left and went to heaven, her sad mother found her wisdom in the sky.

She finally knew that there was love in forgiveness.

Heaven was real, it wasn’t a lie.


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    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Well thank you- friend. I appreciate the warm compliments. It is a difficult subject to write about, and unfortunately based on truth for many people. It's 2pm in Northern Idaho, and it is a pleasure to meet you.

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      6 years ago

      .....this is quite a profound and soulful piece of writing my friend - it captured my imagination with a film running in my head - and your writing would be an excellent script to be turned into a movie.

      There are so many sad little boys and girls in this world and often they are born into a life they have no control over - but you certainly have control over your writing destiny and it's excellent.

      So very nice to meet you here at the Hub and I am sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 4:55pm

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      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Debbie,Oh my goodness, thank you for that! It is even more sad because its true for too many kids. Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting. I very much appreciate your opinion. Have a blessed day.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is so sad and beautiful at the same time and so truthful.

      god Bless you for writing this

      I am sharing this masterpiece


    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Thank you SanneL, it is based on someone's story, no matter how you look at it, it is sad. When you know someone that actually endured that life, or you yourself did-it just seems sadder to me. Thank you for reading and for commenting.

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      6 years ago from Sweden

      Heatbreaking and moving! Unfortunately many children are born into a life of abuse, neglect, pain and sorrow. A nightmare hard to break away from. Sad but wonderful poem.

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Faith, I knew what you meant- thank you again :).

      Unknown Spy, thank you for reading and commenting.

      Vincent, It sounds like you had to live in the nightmare that many children have to live, and it is very sad. Thank you for voting the poem up- I think it is important to always keep awareness on the issues that affect children.

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      Vincent Moore 

      6 years ago

      You hit a nerve within this poet's soul. I saw the pain in the bottle in my home growing up as a boy watching abuse. Drunks acting like monsters and hurting one another and sometimes the children to. This was sad, yet very poignant and real eye opener. Well done, bravo. Voted Up indeed.

    • unknown spy profile image

      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      This is so sad and touching. This happens in the real world, sad to say.. and i just really dont get it.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Of course, I meant unforgiveness in our heart. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Rahul, Thank you for your beautiful and poetic words. And Nell I appreciate your comments. Thank you both for reading.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Wonderful poem, so touching and real. Sadly this happens so many times, thanks for sharing, nell

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Jade! Sublime tragedy in this piece here! I connect to the pain like... it tears me apart!.

      Ecstatic poetry and what a beautiful message of forgiveness

      Great Work Dear

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Wow... thank you for your kind comments, and sharing my work.

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      6 years ago

      Very touching and moving. I will be e mailing this to some of my friends! Voted up and voted for being beautiful and interesting as well as awesome, heck even useful.

    • k2jade31 profile imageAUTHOR

      Kimberly Shelden 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      Ah thank you Faith, always look forward to your thoughts. I think that is why poems are so profound, they are based in truth, little pieces of our hearts.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, so profoundly sad and beautiful. Amazing writing here. Well done. Yes, forgiveness in our hearts will rot us to the core, but once we are able to forgive, wow, such freedom to start loving once again. Love this! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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