Embraces at Bedtime

“Embraces at Bedtime” is a poem concerning sexual abuse amongst children. It is a showcase of how the trauma of childhood experiences is carried on into adulthood. This trauma may cause the adult to equally inflict abuse on a child in their care.

EMBRACES AT BEDTIME

On nights she asks me to tuck her in
I lay in bed with her
Wishing sweet dreams for Kijon.

Like prey in hiding, besides her I stiffen
Yet an embrace would warm and lull her
On nights she asks me to tuck her in.

Embraces at bedtime are memories of aversion
I am afraid and I never touch her
Wishing sweet dreams for Kijon.

I remember embraces with darkness sealed within
Vile touches that make innocence whither
On nights she asks me to tuck her in.

I wait to escape when sleep does her in
For this darkness, I cannot transfer
Wishing sweet dreams for Kijon.

I sing lullabies in a hushed tone
“Hush, hush my little one”, I whisper
On nights she asks me to tuck her in
Wishing sweet dreams for Kijon.

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