Consolation for a Survivor

An older woman said to me

with sincere and heartfelt voice:

They did not mean to do it

they did not have a choice.

Their fathers did not show them love

like every boy should see.

It’s just a deep connection that

they crave from you or me.

Their mommies didn’t teach them how

to act like gentlemen

so when they took ahold of you

how dare you go blame them!

A line of red drawn down your leg

Your stolen purity

If they knew better, don’t you think,

they would have let you be?

So don’t feel bad for your own self

or take the time to grieve.

Give back to those who hurt you

Your love is all they need.