Innocence Left Behind

She awoke each morning unsure of her world
Her teeth were then brushed and her hair was curled
She walked lightly, most of the time feeling unsafe and afraid
Outside was scary but that was not where she was betrayed

Inside she should feel safe, though it was not the case
His drinking and loud screams made her home a sad place
She never knew what he might do or where she could hide
Fear gripped her like a vise and she felt empty inside

At school she wore a smile, while she worried and felt dread
She wished to be happy at home but she was abused instead
He placed his hands in places a father should never touch
This little girl tried to break free, free from his clutch

It was the life that she knew since she was age two
Inside she was aware it was not something he should do
Dropping her little head, she said his name "Daddy" and cried
Powerless to resist, he gave her a kiss, she always felt sick inside

That little girl is a woman today and doing the best that she can
It hasn't been easy as she has learned to distrust any man
Her father taught her to walk this world afraid, empty and sad
Why couldn't he love her enough to just be her dad?

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Juanita Smith is retired and enjoys writing her blogs as well as short stories and now poetry. She has two sons. One is a physician, who is director of a large hospitalist group in Mobile, AL. The other is a musician who has played three USO tours and many shows throughout Europe and Australia. She says one son heals the body and the other heals the soul. She is in a longtime marriage to a retired professional engineer who was once a navy pilot. She lives on Hollinger's Island on the edge of the waters of Mobile Bay.