Little girl standing alone
Broken glass all around
Holding her teddy bear close
She closes her eyes

Her fragile body quivering
Hot acid streaks down her cherry cheeks
With a deep trembling breath, she opens her eyes
Looking down at the mess she created

“I will not break! I will not fall!”
Screaming at the man she called Father
Little fists clenched
“I will not bow. I will not break. I am a soldier!”

Her teddy bear falls
She steps away, head bowed
Sobbing, was weakness
Lifting her head, she wipes the smudges off her cherry cheeks

Walking away from the past was easier than she thought
No more screaming, or beatings
They were gone, like her.

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