I Was Innocent


He would punch me in the face his favorite place

Does that make you feel better

I’d fight back you see nail him right in the jewels worthless things 

That’d snap him out of it and he’d laugh though not amused

Over the foot of a child’s bed or when I held the baby he’d strike

Couldn’t fight back then protecting them

I know what it is to see stars the real thing

Scattered white flashes in the brain until he was done then get off

Bruised and battered imagine should make you feel good inside

Smarter, prettier you can compete and hope teeth fall out for all to see

Make it your happy thought

But before that when I was very very young just making the scene as it were

And a man would approach using his best lines I’d delight be filled

I knew thanks to great grandfathers they rule

I’ll never forget him and what he shared just from being with him as a small child I knew

Not knowing I knew realizing later making the scene getting back to a man

I’d light right up because I knew what he wanted, what he hoped, the outcome he wished

And I’d share after all one being to another we’re on the same page aren’t we

If he’d change just two words around and say it this way anyone he’d approach would succumb

Forever a success, a win come sit and talk we’ll have a drink

But leading in with ‘does that work for you each time you say it’ wasn’t the best

It wasn’t welcomed as I’d expected his face would drop offended he’d be

“What, what’d I say” that’d be me not just for men and dumbfounded expressions

Oh well, oh my, oh, oh dear

Naïveté no

I was innocent

Innocent I know

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