Saturday, October 11, 2014

Eyes of a Child

Dear reader, today's prompt for #OctPoWriMo is about children, and creating a safer world for them. I have not completely followed the prompt, but rather I've looked at an unjust world through someone else's eyes. Through the eyes of a child. Please enjoy.

Rod E. Kok
October 11, 2014

I didn’t ask
for harsh words.
I merely wanted
a ball glove.


Bruises of my youth
will fade,
but memories of your anger
are seared forever.


I sought protection,
but only received excuses
which smelled
of whiskey and
stale cigarettes.


You called me
a mistake of passion,
you treated me
as a little lower
than your dog.


Why?
No wait…
don’t answer.


Your cruel interactions
led me to
a determined goal:
to live free.


I’ve turned madness into
bravery,
teaching others
to be proud,
walk up straight,
be courageous.


I want the world to know
my story, the history
which made me
who I am today.


I am yours,
though your denial
rots away your
last chance at decency.


I hope you see
where you’ve gone
wrong,
for I’ve told your life
through the eyes
of a child.



5 comments:

  1. Harsh realities, great job of displaying them. Thanks for linking up with OctPoWriMo.

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  2. I love the point of view you shared. I love that the last but showed motivation, courage, bravery. Thank you!

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  3. My details are different, but my story is much the same. Today, I devote my life to giving my own children a very different life. They have much sweeter stories to tell, and, somehow, that is a balm for the little girl I was.

    Thank you for sharing so bravely!

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  4. This is beautiful, totally in line with the prompt in my opinion, speaking up fo children, coming from your inner child.
    I can feel the sadness and the fear. I was a bit like this too.
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful words

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