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The Neglected Little Child

Audrey's desire to help others respect and understand human behavior led her to study psychology at UCLA.

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April - Child Abuse Month

We are all involved in child abuse whether we like it or not. If we witness the abuse of a child and do nothing, we are guilty. Any suspicious act must be reported. It is our duty as a human being to protect, love and help a child that is a victim of this terrible crime.

Child Neglect Isn't Always Visible

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Where Is Love?

Such a pretty little girl

She looks just like a doll

Such a pretty little girl

Just bet she has it all


What a sweet little child

So precious and so giving

No one would ever guess

She struggles to keep living


Such a talented little girl

With such a beautiful voice

She would rather feel the love

She never gets a choice


Such a big glowing smile

Yet she worries all the while

Left alone much of the day

Songs of sadness comes her way


Such a stunning teenage girl

With beauty left to spare

So popular with all the kids

She doesn’t have a care


I’m loved at last she tells herself

I’ve waited for so long

But something doesn’t feel right

Love comes then soon it’s gone


Such a pretty grown up woman

Doing as she chooses

Marrying one man then another

And in the end, she loses


Such a wise silver-haired lady

Learning much throughout her years

Learning to forgive herself

And working through her fears


Today the pretty little child

Who loved but could not win

Has learned the greatest lesson

Love comes from deep within


I love the pretty little girl

With all my heart today

I love her strength and courage

And how she’s found her way


I thank my Father up above

For showing her the way

I thank Him for the guidance

He gives her every day


The love that she has yearned for

Was not so far away

It hovered right inside of her

Still living there this day.

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Finding Love Within

The greatest love is the love you have for yourself. Share this love with everyone, especially the children.

The greatest love is the love you have for yourself. Share this love with everyone, especially the children.

Children Need Time and Love With Parents

A certain amount of shame and guilt goes hand-in-hand with any kind of child abuse. If a child lives without feeling loved they grow up believing they are un-lovable.

Unfortunately, when we feel unworthy of being loved, any relationship is doomed before it begins. Self sabotage happens in such a way that it's barely recognized when it happens.

"Infants are defenseless and must depend upon a caregiving adult for survival. It is in the context of this primary dependence, and the maternal response to this dependence, that a relationship develops. This attachment is crucial for survival." Dr. Bruce Perry

Children do not need "things", they need nurturing. They need time with parents. They need confirmation that they are OK people. They need to feel safe. Children need love.

The greatest love of all is the love you have inside. Share that love with everyone. But especially with the children.

If You Are an Abuser - Seek Help

Sweet, innocence must never be rewarded with abuse of any kind.

Sweet, innocence must never be rewarded with abuse of any kind.

I am a Child of God

Helpful Resources for Child Neglect

http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/bonding.htm

www.zerotothree.org


April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect, and to create support for the children and families of child abuse.

© 2011 Audrey Hunt

Comments

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 23, 2017:

Hi Divya

So nice to see you. Thanks for your comments. We all need to take responsibility to help to alleviate this terrible crime.

Divya Merh on April 22, 2017:

Hey Audrey,

It is such a beautiful and intense poem hiding a deep message. I simply loved it. :)

Regards

Divya

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 15, 2013:

Mary - Thanks for being here. How blessed you are to have loving parents and a wonderful childhood.

teaches12345 - Thank you for finding my poem beautiful and healing. I appreciate you!

Dianna Mendez on August 14, 2013:

We never know what a child may experience until later in life. True, neglecting a child as a person is just as harmful as physical abuse. Such a beautiful poem that will help many to heal. Blessings.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 12, 2013:

This is a beautiful poem, Audrey, that must have been very difficult to write. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and feelings.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on August 11, 2013:

Yes, it must have been hard for you to write this very moving piece. I have to say, I had a wonderful childhood and was blessed with loving parents for which I am eternally thankful.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 01, 2012:

Happyboomernurse ~ Please accept my apology for the late reply. Not sure what happened but I'm so glad to find your comments now. And what lovely comments they are! Every single word is well put and so true. With some of us it may take a life-time to feel and realize the self-love and acceptance we long for. And yes, it is so empowering and wonderful. Like a bird set free of it's cage. Thank you my sweet friend. Appreciate the vote up and all the buttons too.

Denise - I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Thank you for liking my poem. It means so much to me. And big hugs back to you!

wellsjsam - I so appreciate your beautiful comments. Children deserve to be safe and protected. They are precious and innocent. I am very glad that you have healed with God's help. My own healing also came through God and I am so very grateful. Blessings to you.

wellsjsam from Oakfield, New York on February 24, 2012:

Thank you so much for your words. I know it's hard to share a painful past. Our children are precious and need to be protected. I too know the pain you shared, and I am so very thankful that God guided me through the path of healing. I know your words will help many.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on January 18, 2012:

What a beautiful poem, Audrey. I wasn't aware that April is child abuse awareness month...thank you for bringing that to our attention.

My mother loved that old kodak commercial/song. She probably could relate to it so easily...

Lovely hub, thank you for adding the link from your other hub to this one. :) Hugs to you.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on July 19, 2011:

This was so lovely and true. The path to self-love, self acceptance and truly feeling God's love for us, can be long and filled with pain but as adults we can finally give ourselves the love that was always hidden deep within and that is such an empowering and freeing experience that once realized, remains forevermore.

Am voting this hub up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

Scarlett My Dear from Missouri on June 22, 2011:

Dear Audrey,

I'm so glad I popped over to read you tonight! Thank you for sharing your story here. You really are amazing! I just want to reach right through these pages and hug you every time I see your smile!

Life is truly in the journey, though a child knows only Love in *THIS* moment. We can ALL ease the suffering of a child, if only we would simply ~ Open Our Eyes, Mouths and Hearts and not be afraid to say, "Enough!"

Love your message of Self-Love!

Love the little girl inside you!

Love, Scarlett

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 17, 2011:

Twilight Lawns - You always appreciate my poems which makes me smile all over. And this particular topic should be brought forth and recognized for what it truly is - abuse! Oh, how I wish that I could protect every child. Thank you!

saddlerider1 on June 16, 2011:

I grew up as a boy living with abuse, with 5 sisters being treated poorly by men in my mother's life. Dear Mom's only way to survive back then and protect her children was to take on men who put a pay check on the table, however it came at a price that was costly to me and my dear sisters.

Abuse is rampant in the world, it has to stop, the abusers must be pointed out for their crimes against children and punished accordingly. Thank you for also having the courage to show us this beautiful, pretty little child still in your heart. peace and hugs to you from the Saddlerider. Blessings

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 16, 2011:

fiddleman - Thank you so much for reading my poem. I appreciate your very nice comment. See you soon!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 12, 2011:

RunAbstract - Oh, how your understanding soul has touched the deepest part of my heart. It shouts "Thank you, thank you!" You have joined my inner child on a journey, so long ago - and yet it was just yesterday, or was it a few minutes ago? How simply "good" it now feels to know you were there with me. Bless you, my friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

duffsmom - It isn't always easy, to write about one's own story...but I do feel that it is therapeutic and a healthy thing to do. Thank you for commenting and visiting!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

Eiddwen - You are always someone I eagerly look for after submitting my hub. You say just the right words to raise my spirits. I am blessed to be part of your hub family.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

Fossillady - Your words are complete words of truth and light. Much like your remarkable photography, which always brings out the truth in your subject. To love ourselves, is...to love God, as you so beautifully have pointed out. Bless you, my gifted friend.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

Sergs - I thank you very much for enjoying my poem. You have left touching comments to stay with me. Blessings

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 11, 2011:

Fay - The "little girl" is always with us and loves to be acknowledged from time to time. I take a minute each day to "hug myself", becoming the inner child as I do. As a result, my days are more peaceful and productive. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 02, 2011:

marcoujor ~ you have looked directly into the heart and soul and found the message - the truth. You have brought tears to my eyes for your wise understanding and compassion. I am proud to be your hub friend!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 30, 2011:

Betty - Thank you my friend. Comments which I will always remember. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 26, 2011:

Hello - I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed my poem. Many children wear a completely different face than what is really going on deep inside. Thank you, dear friend.

theseus from philippines on May 07, 2011:

Such passion in your words,vc.

What a journey the little girl had to go through. Her courage and willpower made her the woman she is today.Admirable!Thank's for sharing, my friend. God bless.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 04, 2011:

Support Med. - I am so thankful for you. You always say just the right thing to make me feel good. Love and peace to you ~ vocalcoach

Support Med. from Michigan on May 02, 2011:

Innocence is so vulverable and in need of protection. Beautiful poem and congrats on the power to overcome. v/r

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 27, 2011:

A fine poem with so many deep thoughts and heartfelt feelings in it. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thank you.

Betty Johansen on April 27, 2011:

Beautiful and triumphant!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 26, 2011:

Oh Amy - You have really touched me with your empathetic and compassionate words. You have a kind and beautiful heart and I thank you for sharing a part of it with me. vocalcoach

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on April 26, 2011:

You've addressed such an ugly reality with your valuable message so artfully, beautifully said, voicecoach. Your voice resonants with truth, pain, society's responsibility and hope.

Fay Paxton on April 24, 2011:

I hadn't looked back at my little girl in a long time. Thanks for calling her to mind.

up/beautiful

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 24, 2011:

drbj - You are such a blessing to me. I can always depend on you, dear friend, to bring a smile to my face and a dance to my heart. :)vocalcoach

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 23, 2011:

neeleshkulkarni - Wonderful to see you and I appreciate your comment. So very true! vocalcoach

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on April 23, 2011:

vocalcoach~~ I am in awe of this writing... such a portrait of a woman who has realized there is nothing she has not/ will not conquer... with the help of her piano. So inspirational and truly amazing and I thank you for sharing this story...and this message of hope.

Voted UP, AWESOME & simply BEAUTIFUL...!

sergs_pogi on April 22, 2011:

Wow. Nice hub. Love really comes from within...

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on April 22, 2011:

Had to comeback to this . Made me cry this time, but that´s not always a bad thing.

Love your work

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 22, 2011:

Dim - Thank you my friend. I am sniling right now. :) vocalcoach

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 22, 2011:

The girls are off today for Good Friday:) it is always a wonderful day when they get to stay home with me. I can't wait for summer because I love having them home. It's my favorite time of year and I'm excited to start planting spices and flowers again!

I know you will have a joyous day - and no one deserves it more!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 22, 2011:

Realhousewife - Thank you and I appreciate your supporting this cause. Have a super-wonderful-joyous-fun day with your sweet family! :)vocalcoach

Dim Flaxenwick from Great Britain on April 22, 2011:

Melt anyones´heart, that would. Thank you. Beautiful, xx

chspublish from Ireland on April 22, 2011:

Such beauty and truth and joy wrapped into one. Thanks for this lovley piece.

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on April 21, 2011:

Only you could write such a heart warming piece of poetry like this one! We go through trials and tribulations before we realize the greatest love of all is for ourselves and to love oneself is to love God! Blessings and smiles Audrey

neeleshkulkarni from new delhi on April 21, 2011:

of all the abuse in the world the worst is that of an innocent trusting child. well brought out vc.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 21, 2011:

Beautiful poem and bravo for the cause. Now that's a REAL message:)!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 21, 2011:

Kathi - Beautifully said "We seem to look in all the wrong places, when we have had the answers all along". Your insightful quote needs to be listed along with all the other inspiring quotes on the internet. I love it - and I love you too! Thank you, precious friend. vocalcoach

Eiddwen from Wales on April 21, 2011:

I can only second everybody else's comments here.

Brilliantly told and with a good ending which I like and just want to say that you are a very talented writer/poet etc.

Take care

Eiddwen.

P. Thorpe Christiansen from Pacific Northwest, USA on April 21, 2011:

A beautiful, tragic story with a happy ending....my favorite kind. Well done!

Alejandro Paci from Mumbai on April 21, 2011:

A lovely poem and a great hub again...

Kathy from California on April 21, 2011:

Absolutely Lovely Audrey, I celebrate the woman who has found her way...We always seem to look in all the wrong places when you have had the answer all along, you just didn't know how truly wonderful and blessed you are!

Brava my friend!

RunAbstract from USA on April 21, 2011:

Sharig on this level is not only a gift to those of us reading, but also a reflection of personal strength and triumph.

One thousand thanks for the glimps into your heart!

Peace be the journey.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 20, 2011:

Dear Will - Thank for saying this. It was difficult to write, so your beautiful comments certainly touch me. You are always so kind and supportive with your comments. A treasure of a man! Bless you, my friend.

WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on April 20, 2011:

An exquisitely written and beautiful piece.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on April 20, 2011:

How lucky we are, Audrey, to have the beautiful young woman here with us on Hubpages. Long may she reign.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on April 20, 2011:

Child abuse lives in many forms. Forced performance is one. Thanks for this lovely Hub.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 20, 2011:

An artfully produced, verbal bouquet. The beautiful little girl has become a treasure.

Fiddleman on April 20, 2011:

Great writing and beautiful!

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on April 20, 2011:

Lovely, VC, from beginning to end. Thank you for bringing this subject up so clearly and passionately.

QudsiaP1 on April 20, 2011:

This is a beautiful poem and I know the pretty little girl all too well.

Great hub.

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