Shattered Innocence

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Shattered Innocence

You seemed really nice
I hardly expected that your heart was made of ice
I bought your lies
Never thought I could be just some prize
Oh but you had your fun
And left me ruined when you were done
Unannounced you came like a thief in the night
You lured me in and consumed my sight
I walked helplessly unaware
Void of every thought or care
My head was spinning
Unfettered emotions were beginning
Then you twisted my heart
I should have run from the start
Every ounce of my being
Told me to run away screaming
I should have listened to that inner voice
Never making such a regretful choice
You took advantage of my innocent nature
You were nothing but a two-timing player
Wish I would have been wiser back then
And stayed away from such evil men
Years later my heart is still such a mess
By a man who confused the word “No” with yes

 

Written by, Michelle Cook

 

Dedicated to all who have endured such abuse.  My heart reaches out to you with empathy and love.  You are a survivor for sure and this one was written for you.  We can’t take back the hurt they caused us, but together we can help each other regain our dignity and strength.  ~M


Originally posted: December 14, 2015

Photo Credit:  annamifigueroa.com

36 responses to “Shattered Innocence

  1. Some things we learn a tad too late.. I liked the feeling of retrospective.

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  2. Powerful stuff, Michelle. An all too common scenario.

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  3. Yes, an all too common scenario and one that never leaves a person once it happens… 😦

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  4. Brilliantly written! Thank you for doing what poets must, that is speaking for those that can’t. Really good!

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  5. Thank you! I try… 😉

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  6. The final line brilliantly concluded a beautifully written poem. I can relate to some of it, but with a friend I had… very accurate and vivid

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  7. Thank you… It’s hard to piece the past together and put it into words… I think there is freedom in doing so though…

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  8. Yes definitely. It’s something I discovered once I started to write – that it helps you clean away the messed up thoughts, makes it more manageable.

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  9. Oh yes, I completely agree with this! 😉

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  10. Michelle, this is by far my favorite poem of yours so far. Thank you for speaking out when others can’t or won’t. Sadly, I can relate, though not in the same way. (That final lines truly takes me breath away, by the way.) What I mean to say is that my innocence was taken away, as well. He was kind and charming, I thought I could trust him. And then he ripped my heart out. I’ve had trust issues ever since…

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  11. I knew that there would be so many others that could relate to this and that is why I finally decided to post this. No matter what kind of abuse we face, I believe each of us becomes stronger in the burdens that we finally overcome. Also the things that we suffer through in life, help us to bond with one another and that brings unity. I believe there is a reason for everything that happens and a purpose much greater than my own. I hold onto my faith with a firm grip, trusting God completely because I know that he is the only one that I can fully trust. I am sorry that you had to go through something similar… trust is a hard thing to get back once it is lost…

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  12. Yes, unfortunately there are far too many of us that have been on the receiving end of abuse, whether it be sexual, verbal, physical, emotional or psychological. Even worse, it’s still happening today, all around the world. The cycle never ends…:( I also believe firmly that everything happens for a reason, and that our hardships, pain and experiences (both good and bad) help mold us. And yes, I couldn’t agree more about the unity amongst us!

    Thank you. It’s been a long, hard road, but knowing that I’m not alone and that I can confide in friends like you makes a big difference. And God’s love, of course.

    It sure is…

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  13. I’m glad you realize that you aren’t alone and that’s the thing, we have to be able to have good friends to confide in, especially when we are suffering through some tough times. I’m always here if you ever need a friend to talk to. Have a blessed day!

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  14. Yes, we do, otherwise the dark places and things of the world would consume us. I thank the Lord for His foresight in this, as well, and I thank you for being such an awesome friend. You know I love you, right?:)

    God bless you and yours!

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  15. I can always tell how much you care… Thank you for that Dustin! You are loved as well my friend…

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  16. a powerful poem, wish this kind of thing didn’t happen. I agree with so many of the comments above.

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  17. Yes and unfortunately it’s just one of the many problems that our world faces each and every day. I am thankful to God that he enables us to overcome our hardships.

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  18. I am grateful for that as well though I wish life didn’t include so many hardships

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  19. I know… it can be very hard…

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  20. Yes but it makes us stronger 🙂

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  21. Thank you. I am pleased that it shows that I care.

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  22. How emotional!

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  23. This poem captures everything. Hope, innocence, longing, naivety; pain, fear, sadness, regret. It hurt to read it, and it stayed with me long after I finished reading it. (Much the same way these types of memories tend to do…).

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  24. Aww….. it was good for me to finally get it out on paper. I was able to release years of sadness from it and let it finally go. Writing is the only way I know to do this. 😉

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  25. You did such a wonderful job. I’m just sorry that you had to do it in the first place. 😦
    Writing really is such a wonderful way to process and release things. I find it can be hard for several days after we write about something heavy, but eventually it does feel better. I’m glad you find it helpful! ❤
    There are things that I want to be able to write about in my own blog, but I'm beginning to realize that I haven't created the right space for it. I have touched on a few topics, but I think I would need to create a whole new anonymous blog in order to delve into the kinds of memories that I carry with me. Maybe some day…

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  26. Well, my blog started out completely different. I never used to write poetry. I started out writing short stories. Most were Bible related. And yet after I took a few of the classes on WP, I started to expand what I wrote about, and eventually added poetry. Which was really a type of writing that I had never really given much thought to. In fact, I honestly didn’t care much for poetry until about 3 years ago. I always assumed there were too many rules to follow with it and it seemed too confusing. Lol…. Then I decided there were things I wanted to share that didn’t necessarily coincide with the theme of my blog, and I took a chance. Added some new categories, and here’s what you see now… a very jumbled blog! Lol…. And yet somehow, I feel it works. It’s my place to let loose and pour my heart out on a page. That to me is what a blog should be. 😉

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  27. I love it! It’s perfect! 🙂 🙂

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  28. Awww…. thank you ❤️

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  29. devereaux frazier

    Reblogged this on Creative Writing Reblogged.

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