frightened flower in the dark,
silent, cold, and trembling,
feeling every bite and bark,
each angry word, dissembling.
the glare of disapproval, shame,
searing unprotected skin,
a creature formed of guilt and pain,
that burns and burrows deep within.
fragile flower, tender child,
know the world is bright, and wide,
come out, come out, to gardens, wild,
and taste the sunlight deep inside!