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An Ordinary Girl

It doesn’t take much:

rustling bed covers

a whiff of Old Spice

menacing tattoos,

and I travel

backwards in time,

heart clinched with fear

my hands suddenly small and helpless,

nothing but gulping gasps

where my breath should be.

Your hair oil

Your manicured nails

Your bristly crew cut

Your fevered breath.

My writhing shame

My mangled dreams

My nightly fear

My scabbed up knees

and gangly legs

unwillingly intertwined with yours.

It doesn’t take much

and I am there,

listening to a gaggle of kids

playing on the street I know by heart,

counting the moments

until you release me

and I rejoin them,

not missing a beat

as my trembling legs

propel me over the jump-rope:

just an ordinary little girl

playing innocent games,

once more.

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  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    Powerful writing and so much emotion here. Well done

  • Many thanks Donna!

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • JaneRoberts
    JaneRobertsover 2 years ago

    So much said in so few words. I cried. xx

  • I appreciate your comment, Jane. Thanks so much.

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • Jenifer DeBellis
    Jenifer DeBellisover 2 years ago

    Profound! As I read this, my breath came out in gulping gasps a few times where my breath should have been. xox

  • Jenifer, thanks for taking the time to read my little poem and leave a comment.

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • jainiemac
    jainiemacover 2 years ago


  • How wonderful, thanks much for featuring my little poem!

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArtsover 2 years ago

    so so powerful and a compelling journey of emotion ! Yes few words but all the same so profound !………Deb I thank you for your visit and fabulous comment , I so value your terrific support
    Best wishes Paulx

  • Aw, thanks so much for the kind words, Paul. I too value your terrific support, as always.

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 2 years ago

    As a father of two daughters, this breaks my heart… Again, I applaud your courage! Nicely composed.

  • Leon, without needing to embellish anything my writings will often be a bit heartbreaking: I suppose that’s the point of writing them, so that the plague of sexual abuse will be unmasked and seen for what it truly is, an abomination.

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    You transport us with your work here into our own memories so well. Nicely done and a pleasure to read.

  • Thank you, and many thanks for the feature!

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • labaker
    labakerover 2 years ago

    powerful words, brilliantly said……

  • Appreciate your comment, Larry!

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • Rocky Loder
    Rocky Loderover 2 years ago

    very thought provoking….powerful words….really like this type of poetry….awesome….

  • Wow, Rocky, such encouraging, sweet words. Thanks so much for stopping by, and for taking the time to comment. Appreciate it so much. Telling the truth is always a bit terrifying!

    – Beautifuldreamer

  • Soozan
    Soozanover 2 years ago

    Memories transforming you into the child you were. Experience ended, you transform back to the child you were. Poignant and revealing. Heartbreaking and yet tender for the child who only wanted innocent games. Your strength and purity live on, BD!! Truly!

  • Sooz,

    Seems I was constantly switching back and forth from my ordinary self into, well whatever or whoever it was I turned into during the other times. I find myself feeling a bit indignant on behalf on my little girl self who did want only to be…ordinary.

    – Beautifuldreamer

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