Bruised and battered
I huddle in the corner
Shedding bitter tears.
He beats me, he abuses me;
The hurt runs deeper than my wounds.
Daddy, if you love me,
Why do you hit me?
Mommy, if you care
Why did you leave me?
My faith alone keeps me going;
The knowledge that there is something more,
Something greater waiting for me.
Mommy, someday I'll find you
And I'll say what you never said to me:
I love you.
Daddy, I forgive you
And I hope you can love me someday.
But for now, I sit in the corner
And hide from the world,
Waiting for the next blow to fall
And knowing that it's only a matter of time
Before I fade away.