Stolen Life

As she ran she watched her family grow further apart
She ran to hide in a building close by, but the fire got in.
She kept running from building to building but the fire always came.

Finally she woke up, but she woke to something worse than her dream.
He was there again, why did he keep coming in she asked
He spoke few words I love you he would say be a good girl now.

She lay there scared of everything closing her eyes or opening them
The world was very scary. After he had left she lay their in tears
the tears never stop, he keeps coming back, he hurts she cries.

To scared to sleep to scared to stay awake was this how every one lived?
She questioned herself, she stayed away from everyone and spoke to no one
Life went on as was, every night he joined her in her nightmares.

Each week she got lonelier. Each week got more painful.

Years went past and the solitude got worse.

One day a van turns up, the man inside says get in
she stands back and looks to the ground. A site she sees often.
A lady gets out of the back and calls her name, she knows this voice
she looks up with tears in her eyes to see a friendly face from years ago
She runs to her friend and just cries, she doesn’t speak a word just cries

Her tears are full of pain, she finally says Why did you leave me here?
The lady wipes her tears and says it is time to come home.

She walks through the door of her home, all the children greet her
but she doesn’t talk, she walks into her old room and sees a new face
one that looks as sad as hers and she falls onto the bed.

As time goes on she finally tells her story in short but never fully
she starts to make friends again and sees that life is not that bad
she starts to live again.

But the nightmares never fade, they come back to haunt her, she wakes
in tears screaming. Life goes on but the scars remain.

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Something I was asked to write many many years ago when I was taken back to the group home. I think I was turning 12 when I wrote it. I should mention I found this in my DOCS files, lost of spelling mistakes and hard to read as it was a photocopy, so I rewrote it here to share with you all.


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  • Geraldine Lefoe
    Geraldine Lefoeover 6 years ago

    Melissa how sad this story is .. and one that happens so often. Its good that you can acknowledge the pain and move forward in your life.

  • Thank you, I actually quite like the truthfulness in it and the innocence.

    – Melissa Kirkham

  • hollys1wedding
    hollys1weddingover 6 years ago

    so moving it is great that you can put this out there many people suffer in different ways by family or trusted friends.. but the key is to learn and move on good luck

  • Shelley Heath
    Shelley Heathover 6 years ago

    Wow… so moving and so tragic at the same time… Love how you put the reader into your head. It is great to see you have moved on… yes scars of tragedy do remain but they fade over time.

  • Thank you Shelley

    – Melissa Kirkham

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