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She was only ten
when I first met her,
washing her bloody underwear.
“It’s normal” I assured her.
I didn’t understand that
I was in Africa.
This wasn’t from maturing early.

At night is when it hurts the most,
and I cry.
Wishing that
I could help her,
keep her safe
keep all of the orphans safe.

I tried so hard to keep my girls
out of harms way
yet harm has a way of coming back
and half a world away
I can’t help
There’s nothing I can do
but cry.

At night is when it hurts the most
Lying on my bed
Nightmares dancing on my ceiling
She calls me from the hospital
“He got in again.”
Was it my fault?
Written in the point of view of my friend who went to Ghana. She was volenteering at an orphanage, when she found out that one of the teachers was raping girl orphanes. She and her boyfriend got that teacher fired, and after she left, the teacher came back and raped the girl so badly that she was hospitalized.

Revised for Poetry class, tell me what you think!
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Perphekt Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Student
Wow, this is intense.

The poem, as well as the subject matter.

I hope your friend is / will be okay, and I hope that teacher gets what's coming.
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stilldreamin4me Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2007
karma better kill hum
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AngelusMorti Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
That is really moving. Good poem, curse the teacher. I hope he meets the worst fate imaginable.
Great poem!
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stilldreamin4me Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007
we all hope that...
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lost-angle Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!! That is totally horrific.
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stilldreamin4me Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
that's the effect i was going for...
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Ellenial Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I just burst into tears. No, seriously.
I love the peice, I hate the actions.
Good job.
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stilldreamin4me Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2007
thank you
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