Didn’t you see the tears on my face
When you reached out to me,
Plucked the petals that clothed me
Then lay me bare to the world?
But then those soon dried,
Dust sticking to the stains that remained
When you cast my body upon the ground.
Didn’t you hear my screams
When the monsters you invited
Groped and grabbed at me,
While others stared from the back?
I soon grew silent when I realised
That no one would come to save me
So I tried to lie still and pray for a quick end.
Didn’t you know you hurt me more
With your inaction rather than your actions?
I don’t cry, I won’t scream, I can’t move
I close my eyes and wait for silence.
The stillness finally comes when you and yours
Decide that I’ve learnt your lesson,
One that leaves me torn, inside and out.
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