many children know pain
heartbreak
disappointment
at the hands
of those meant to love them

many children lie in darkness
broken
crumpled
longing for whispers
that everything will be okay

Dreaming
dreaming
dreaming

about survival
retribution
just a little peace

children want to be loved
cherished
without conditions
restrictions
limitations
or boundaries

A child's spirit is a fragile thing
a hollow egg
delicate and easy to shatter

some wait to be filled
with direction
hope

some wait for no one
they fill
themselves
up

k.m.