~FOREVER SAFE FROM HARM~
A sweet little girl lived at home
Still, she felt so very alone.
She was only four years old,
But knew to do as she was told.
Daddy's temper could be bad,
So, don't ever, ever, make him mad.
She knew daddy was asleep
And she should not even make a "peep".
Quietly, she tried to play...
The same as she did everday.
But, today Teddy bear was the hero of her game
And her dolly forgot and shouted out his name.
Daddy was yelling before he got to the room,
His manner and appearance were one of doom.
Soon tears were falling from her swollen eyes,
She remembered being told she was too big to cry.
Daddy hit her with his fist and continued to scream and yell;
Walking away as she stumbled and fell.
He never looked back and she hit the nightstand.
A nasty wound opened and sought to expand.
"Daddy! Please, daddy! I'm sorry, I won't ever so it again!"
(If only she could remember what it was she did.)
She could not get up off the floor;
But, she heard the slamming of her bedroom door.
Her head was hurting as her blood dripped and spread
From the wound on the back of her head.
Slowly, but surely her rug turned bright red...
Her Winnie the Pooh rug was now her bed.
Blood started to ooze from each of her ears.
She quietly lay while her pain disappeared.
Teddy had fallen close to her side,
Comfort was all that he could provide.
She closed her eyes and held Teddy the bear;
(He was the only one that really cared!)
Soon loving angels carried her away in their arms,
To a place where she was--forever safe from harm.
By Susan Elaine Collins 2000 ©