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The Outside Looking In

Updated on March 20, 2018
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Brenda Thornlow is an author, animal advocate, & certified Reiki Master from NY. Her books can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, & iTunes.

She walks home from school by herself and to all around her she has everything.
She is the adorable little girl next door.
She is the adorable little girl who sits in between her mother and father at church.

The only child of her mother and father who must be so doted upon.
To those around her, she has everything her heart desires….everything she asks for.
To those around her, she wants for nothing, does not have a care in the world.
Nothing to make her unhappy.
To those around her, there is nothing for which to be unhappy.
Why should there be?

Those around don’t see her stomach tighten as she approaches her home.
Every step closer to home...
Those around her don’t see the welts hiding under her little slacks.
Those around her don’t know what awaits her as she walks through the door to what should be shelter from the storm.
Those around her don’t know because she must keep smiling, must stay happy, she has many people to impress, must not let anyone down….
Only herself.

(C) 2014 Brenda Thornlow

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    • Bk42author profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you Travmaj! It is very heartbreaking.

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      7 years ago from australia

      Very profound, your words say so much. Child abuse is tragic - physical and emotional abuse so difficult for the outsider to recognise. You capture this very well. Extremely sad and so true.

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      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you, Rebecca! Hope all is well!

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      7 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Deep and profound. Abuse is an evil that we must wage a war on. Thanks for sharing this.

    • Bk42author profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you, Audrey. Have a great night!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      7 years ago from California

      Abuse is a terrible thing--and you really capture it here!

    • Bk42author profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Very true, Genna! A sad fact. Thanks so much for reading and voting!

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      Genna East 

      7 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This tragedy is all too real for too many of our children. Whether physical or emotional, abuse often sets in motion a cycle which is carried forward to the next generation, and the next. Voted up.

    • Bk42author profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Thank you for reading and sharing, everyone!

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      John Hansen 

      7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      So so sad Bk. Abuse is so prevalent that it is often un-noticed. Outside appearances can be deceiving. Voted up.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      Horrible, but a reality. You did very impressive painting of the situation. Good work!

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Sad reality here, I am afraid far too often than not. When it comes to children being harmed whether, physically, emotionally or verbally, I just cannot stand the thought and must say something.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Oh, this is sad. The mother in me wants to protect them all.

    • Bk42author profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      Fear of being judged plus the average child tends to believe they're the only ones going through this and that brought it on themselves.

      Thanks for reading, James!

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      7 years ago from Morocco

      Everyone has his or her own untold story.Fear to be judged by society is what makes one unspeakable and so depressed

    • Bk42author profile imageAUTHOR

      Brenda Thornlow 

      7 years ago from New York

      So true, Billy. Thanks so much for reading!

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abuse is an epidemic in this country, one of the unspoken horrors. More must be done to end this ...and raising awareness with poems like this one is very important.


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