“For Children Who Were Broken:” A Poem by teen Elia Wise
by Elia Wise
For adults who were treated badly as children
For children who were broken, it is very hard to mend……
Our pain was rarely spoken and we hid the truth from friends.
Our parents said they loved us, but they didn’t act that way.
They broke our hearts and stole our worth, with the things that they would say.
We wanted them to love us.
We didn’t know what we did to make them yell at us and hit us, and wish we weren’t their kid.
They’d beat us up and scream at us and blame us for their lives. Then they’d hold us close inside their arms and tell us confusing lies of how they really loved us — even though we were BAD, and how it was OUR fault they hit us, OUR fault that they were mad.
When days were just beginning we sometimes prayed for them to end, and when the pain kept coming, we learned to just pretend that we were good and so were they and this was just one of those days … tomorrow we’d be friends.
We had to believe it so. We had nowhere else to go.
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** Partially reprinted by fair use guidelines and in the hopes that the message will help current members. It is not the intent to profit from or infringe on the author’s rights. Please go to Letter to Earth: An Interview with Elia Wise – The Edge Magazine to read her interview. We all deal with abuse, and with children it is worse, and worse yet for those who suffer from gender issues. Please seek help from professionals if you are being abused or witness to the abuse. How to Report Child Abuse and Neglect – Child Welfare Information Gateway