I vividly remember that day in December
When sitting in the hamaam
Happy,cozy and warm
I was reading Little Red Riding Hood
Until the Big Bad Wolf came,feigning smiles
And in one big bite,gulped down my childhood
He was a f(r)iend daddy met that year
He smiled at me evoking a strange fear
He offered me candy and called me "dear"
Then his breath quickened and there was nothing I could do
I just couldn't move as if someone said "statue!"
I couldn't understand but it didn't feel right
The way he kissed and held me tight
I felt numb and just turned dumb
But a voice in my little head repeatedly said
"I hate this man and I wish him dead"
It left me shaken and my little heart broken
Irreparably.Like Humpty Dumpty
As he left,I called him dog,dog and pig
For those were the only abuses I could dig
From my seven year old vocabulary
I felt like telling mummy the cause of my rage
Though it was a dark dark secret , too risque for my age
But everytime I tried ,the words stuck in my throat
Caught in a snare,they remained there,there,there
Others learnt it with time, as they grew
But I knew even then that truth was taboo
Thank God I never had to see him again
But I still feel the pain as I did back then
I've grown ten years thence as my vengeance
For me,trust has rusted and forgiveness is passe
I wish I could shoot the bastard and call it a day!