Innocence Stripped Away

There I stood as a five year old girl

Full of life, full of curiosity

So innocent in a dangerous world

But one day, when they came

They trapped me into dogma

They criticized me and tore my innocence

They were not happy with me

But as time passed

I had to learn to forgive

I had to learn to read

I had to learn to live

I had to give myself what they never gave me

I had to love and nurture myself

After twenty odd years, here I am

Finally content but still striving

To be the best I can be

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