Returning Faith

By Lynette Gutwein

You took away my innocence,
My hopes, my dreams, my youth.
You took from me my very soul.
What could have been, I never knew.

Your words would cut me deep inside,
Deep to the very core.
Darkness. Cold. I could not feel.
Why did you hate me so?

You crushed me as I screamed in pain.
Your words ripped out my heart.
The world grew dull. I felt insane.
Did you ever care about that part?

Is that what you wanted all along?
“I win!” “You lose!” A game?
Control, submission, guilt, defeat.
Yet, I still remain.

It was for a child that I lived,
Although I rather would have died.
Now, how I thank God for that child?
Because of her, I have survived.

I will live in spite of you.
You no longer have a say.
My life, my body, my mind, my soul,
You will never again have control.

Whether in this world or in the next,
Justice will have a way.
You hurt me and you almost won,
But, “You Lost!” I have to say.

A new dawn breaks of hope and peace,
Of happiness and grace.
From me, these things YOU CANNOT TAKE.
My head held high, I walk by faith!

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