That Night

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

A child’s voice lingering,
screaming without making a sound.

Did you think about a lifetime of suffering,
about the lingering consequences,
that night?
Was it your anger and hatred surfacing,
or a different brand of depraved
that night?

The violated nights following…
don’t know, can’t remember
after that night.
A child’s mind suppressing,
to survive, yet unable to thrive,
after that night.

And still that damaged voice is screaming
without making a sound.

January 2016, Christina Anne Hawthorne

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