Little Girl

I failed you
You were led to the shearing
one too many times
Innocence taken
broken and bereft of worth

Left without a voice
to speak pain into health

Left without eyes
to see a path of hope

Left without doors
to open an escape

Left without love
or any safe place

I failed you
But I’m here now
comforting the little girl
who grew into an adult
Allowing the little me
to cry and be free

~ Nikki Anne Schmutz

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