This New Dawn

Stolen Childhood
Part III

As a young woman
the guilt manifested itself
in acute anxiety attacks.
Years of therapy
to work through the pain,
to gain self-esteem,
to learn how to love,
not only herself,
but others.
After a lifetime
of struggle,
she found happiness,
self-worth and self-love.
She held no animosity
towards the boys.
It just happened –
a chapter in her life
on which she chose
not to dwell.

© 2012 Laurel Hall