Redwood giants, reaching skyward, never bending
Yet, the softest breeze whispers through your leaves
Strong and hard, Rock of Gibraltar remains amazing
Without remorse, easily, your heart thieves.
With wisdom, sculpt my unscathed soul
A great need to evolve, unharmed; unfrayed
In authority, you took complete control
Your duty to parent has now been betrayed.
Pleading with sadness, "don't make me play house"
Be an Ostrich, time to bury my head
Squeeze my eyes tight, stay quiet; be a mouse
Begging,in silent fear,"go away",hide under the bed.
Whimpering,"STOP, why do you hurt me this way?"
Hearing guttural grunts, "What are you doing to me?"
Sister wake-up, sister please help, in fear I do lay
In frantic search, where is my rock, where is my tree?
Afraid to sleep, no pleasant dreams, only nightmares
Mr. Sandman just visited, rudely, he is chased away
Quietly, lay, not a sound do utter, does anyone care?
The Scary Room, DO NOT TELL, he promises I will pay.
Bruised and bloody, beaten into submission
"Mommy, please help, do you see what he is doing?"
Never once did I give permission
From greedy lust, purity is lost, no subduing.
Now a woman, no dreams, nothing to desire
My world is sick, empty, inundated with shame
Dear child, my daughter, some men do not only admire
Must share this with you, a child is never to blame.
Memories so painful, is it divine to forgive?
"Daddy, why is mommy so sad when we play?"
"Why does mommy watch us that way?"
I will forgive, but I must never forget.
Yvonne Marie Crain
August 13, 1974