Poem: Innocence Lost


by Debi


Once upon a time there was a girl …

An older friend
A friendly hand
Shhhhh.
Keep still.   Our secret.

Once upon a time there was a girl …

Let’s play.
Striptease. Doctor.
Sexy Barbies.
The childhood games of victims.

Once upon a time there was a girl …

Scoot closer. Where I can reach.
Always reaching.
Shhhhhh …
Don’t tell. Don’t ever tell.

Once upon a time there was a girl …

A tiny child.
Robbed of
Innocence.
Before she even knew the word.