carol anne roberts
For Just a Short While
a mother who turned away for just a short while.
My thoughts on finding out that my son, now an adult with children of his own, had been sexually abused by a female baby sitter.
For just a short while I looked away
From the unique gift that had been entrusted to me
I made a promise you see---to myself
That I would cherish and protect this gift,
Along with the others I cherished deeply.
I promised, no matter what, no harm would befall them,
But in a blink of an eye, my eye, evil found it's way in.
Not through a door, or even a window
Where it might have been seen slithering in, like a snake
But cunningly ,through a microscopic crack in a wall.
A crack unbeknown to me, that had been growing in magnitude
I supose if I think about it, i was misled into thinking
It was safe to allow, if only for a short while a trustworthy friend ???
To take guardianship of my gifts, just while I rested for a moment or two.
That's all it takes, a moment or two, to single out ,
And dissect piece by piece, the beautiful components of one of these flawless treasures
And try to destroy it.
But astonishingly despite this intervention from one with no values.
There were others, with immensly good values.
And because of these and my own
The essence of this beautiful treasure remains
Compassionate, decent and whole.
And I will l cherish it, and my other treasures for the rest of my life.