You can say

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

A poem about child abuse from a childs perspective, pleading to society not to look the other way.

You can say you looked the other way, to avoid your unease.

You can say you tuned me out, so as not to hear my pleas.

You can say you felt my pain, but turned a blind eye.

You can say you saw the bruises, but chose to deny.

You can say you heard my screams, but never thought to try.

You can say it was none of your business, but that would be a lie.

You can say whatever you want, but please don't sink so low,

as to say you were unaware, or that you didn't know!

Natalie McCart-2009

Submitted: January 31, 2010

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I liked this one. The style, the flow and the message were all awesome :D Good write.

Mon, February 1st, 2010 11:48am


Thank you. I work with adults and children who are aabused so it is a subject close to my heart. I will return the favor and take a look at some or your work. Let's keep in touch!

Mon, February 1st, 2010 10:35pm

Catching Sunlight

Your poems are really good! C:

They're easy to understand and flow nicely.

Mon, February 1st, 2010 4:02pm


Thank you so much for thr nice comments.

Tue, February 2nd, 2010 5:36pm


I've read a lot in my life but this is definitely a good poem.
I loved the message and it really spoke to me.
You definitely have talent.
Good job.

Mon, February 1st, 2010 7:39pm


Thank you, I just posted one called "A Soldiers Tears", I would be greatful if you could take a look. I wrote some comments on your page, you are very talented.

Tue, February 2nd, 2010 5:41pm

Sara Blake

This is a very deep and intense poem. i liked the message you carries and I totally agree with it!

Thu, February 4th, 2010 8:41am


Thank you very much, I like the message to and hope others will.

Fri, February 5th, 2010 5:37pm


I cried

Thu, February 4th, 2010 10:15pm


Thank you.

Fri, February 5th, 2010 5:35pm

Vincey Delaney

Very well written, so important to be aware of and concerned. It's painfully sad but strong to the point!!! Excellent!

Mon, February 8th, 2010 2:50pm


Thanks, several newspapers have asked to print it during April, which is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so maybe it will help create action in others!

Mon, February 8th, 2010 3:09pm


This has a strong message in the poem. This is a good perspective on how a child will feel about abuse. You did this brilliantly. Kudos to writing this piece. Jessica :)

Sat, February 13th, 2010 1:37am


Thank you. I worked with families and abuse so I see it first hand.

Sat, February 13th, 2010 8:57am

Helena Parris

Ah, but they will say it. And if they say it enough, they'll even believe it themselves.

Sat, February 20th, 2010 2:42am


To True. Thanks for reading.

Fri, February 19th, 2010 7:24pm


i wrote a poem like this, what was it called? shoot, uhhh, oh it was called circles of abuse, its on ym page (although you dont have to feel obligated to read it) and it's awfuli have no other world but awful. because it is, i can remeber being in grade school, and walking home from the bus stop, and feeling sick, and anxious, terrified, with every step i drew nearer to my house, adn i thought everyone was like that, i tought everyone got called mean names when it didn't make sense, i thought everyones parents yelled and cursed, i thought every home was broken, i had no idea that people lived without dread or a prayer for death, strangest discovery for a 9 year old to be making. but im glad i did, and now onward with the search of hope. brilliant.

Sat, February 20th, 2010 2:20pm


Thank you. I am so sorry that you had to experience what you stated above and at so tender an age. I hope things are better now. You said before that you are in college so hopefully being out and away has helped. I alos hope you have been able to heal some or see a counselor as anyone praying for death at 9 definately has scars. I bet you are an amazing young lady and will be fantastic at whatever you choose to do. I will definately check out your poem.

Mon, February 22nd, 2010 7:41pm


This is so true. Also really well-written. One of my favorite poems ever.
I know first hand what child abuse feels like. I've witnessed it and I lived it on a daily basis. And I couldn't understand back then why no adult was willing to help. Even close relatives tended to turn a blind eye on what was going on.
I am currently in the middle of writing a novel, which I hope would become the first of the trilogy on child abuse. It's called "Because you are my friend". If you have a chance to read it, I would appreciate if you let me know what you think about it. I'm not sure if I'm succeeding in giving over the message I mean to give. Thank you. And thank you for your poem. I think it should be included in school curriculum. It could save lives and end a lot of pain.

Wed, October 13th, 2010 4:07am


Thank you. I will take a look at your novel. I have been absent from the sight for a while, so I apologize for the belated response.

Fri, January 7th, 2011 1:01pm