Haiku Friday – Child & Safe

29 Jun

Hello, everyone! Today I decided to share a poem with you. It’s called, The Child’s Protection by poet, James Harris. It is a powerful poem and not for the faint of heart. I thought it was important to share it, because too often children have experiences that affect them deeply and when they try to relate these experiences to the adults in their lives, they are laughed at or dismissed. 

Did you know that every time a child tells you something he or she feels is important and you dismiss it, the child loses trust in you and the more you do it the less safe the child will feel? It does not matter whether you’re the child’s parent, aunt/uncle, teacher, neighbor . . . if a child comes up to you looking frightened or concerned and confides in you, please take him or her seriously. At least, look into the matter.

Sure, kids make up stories but there are certain things they’re not likely to lie about. Remember that it takes a lot of strength for a child to communicate certain things to an adult, even one they trust. So please listen, observe and look into the situation.

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Illustration by George Miltiadis for ‘The Basement’

Little girl, little girl what did you see?
A thing of horror chasing after me
Little girl little girl were you not scared?
More than I thought I could possibly bear

He was a man about oh so high
I swear I came just to his thigh
I knew he was off, not quite right
I was chilled by him at first sight

He wore a hat that covered his gaze
And weaves lies like some kind of maze
The kind you can end up lost in for days
All things around him reeks and decays

He looks upon children with a sick grin
Like looking upon us is his kind of sin
The evil he had comes straight from within
My fear of him, I know not where to begin

He asked me for things and would not take ‘No’
So I did strike him in that place down below
He gasped for some air as I ran through the snow
Now I must pray he did not try follow

Now I feel as if I am eternally stalked
Everyone I have told this to has balked
Even my parents by them I am mocked
Now the door to my room is forever locked

Little girl, little girl that’s quite a tale
I’ll be sure to tell it throughout the dale
Little girl, little girl I can hear you cry
The sound only little girls make as they die

Old man, old man I knew it was you
I knew our little game was not through
So open this door if you want your kind of fun
And see my justice through the barrel of this gun

James Harris


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Illustration by George Miltiadis for ‘The Basement’

My contribution this week:

I never felt safe

No monsters under my bed

You crawled into mine

Child and Safe are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

35 Responses to “Haiku Friday – Child & Safe”

  1. DAMIENLEV June 29, 2018 at 12:30 pm #


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  2. John W. Howell June 29, 2018 at 12:43 pm #

    I agree with your advice, Vashti. It saddens me to know that children are being abused. We must listen to them.

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    • Vashti Q June 29, 2018 at 3:20 pm #

      Yes, it breaks my heart too. Sometimes adults don’t listen, because they don’t want to believe what is being said. 😦

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  3. Annette Rochelle Aben June 29, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    Powerful and thought provoking

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  4. Gwen Plano June 29, 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    Oh my gosh, Vashti. This is a powerful Haiku and post. You are amazing, my friend. ♥

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    • Vashti Q June 29, 2018 at 3:25 pm #

      Aw, thank you, Gwen. I feel that sometimes and for certain issues one must shake people to their cores. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂 ❤

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  5. olganm June 29, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    Terrifying, precisely because it’s so true. Thanks, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q June 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

      Thank you, Olga! You’re absolutely right, it’s frightening but it happens all the time. 😦 Have a great weekend!


  6. coldhandboyack June 29, 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Powerful stuff today. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Vashti Q June 29, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

      You’re welcome, my friend. People need to read about this once in a while, lest they forget how often it actually happens. Enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Linda Mims June 29, 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    We never want to face ugly truths, but for the sake of innocent children we must snatch the masks off of evil. Thanks for keeping us vigilant, Vashti.

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    • Vashti Q June 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm #

      Hello Linda! Beautifully and eloquently written, my friend. You’re right, we must stay vigilant. Thank you! 🙂


  8. Jill Weatherholt June 29, 2018 at 8:45 pm #

    This is probably the most powerful and startling Haiku I’ve ever read, Vashti. Those who prey on innocent children can’t even be consider human. xo

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    • Vashti Q June 30, 2018 at 12:07 pm #

      Thank you very much, Jill. I agree. There’s something inhuman and grotesque about those who prey on children. 🙂 xx

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  9. D.L Finn, Author June 30, 2018 at 5:16 am #

    Wow…a powerful poem and Haiku, Vashti. Such a difficult subject to discuss or even think about, yet we need to.

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    • Vashti Q June 30, 2018 at 12:18 pm #

      Yes, this is a difficult subject for me but like you said, we need to read and write about it from time to time. Thank you, Denise. 🙂 xx

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  10. Natalie Ducey June 30, 2018 at 10:52 am #

    A powerful share, Vashti. So powerful. XO

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    • Vashti Q June 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm #

      Thank you, Natalie. Like Denise said, it isn’t a subject that’s easy to read about but I feel we need to put it out there, as a reminder, once in a while, because it’s important. 🙂 xo

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  11. robbiecheadle June 30, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Your haiku and this poem are both excellent, Vashti.

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  12. Dorinda Duclos June 30, 2018 at 5:45 pm #

    Wow. Powerful words…

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  13. Soooz June 30, 2018 at 11:25 pm #

    Thank you, my friend. These horrors happen. I know that nightmare from the inside. Hiding our faces from the ugliness will NEVER see the changes that need to happen, happen. If I had had someone to turn to perhaps my life path could have been altered. It takes just ONE voice to make a difference. Thank you for being that voice today, Vashti. It means so much to me to know that good people continue this fight. ❤️️

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    • Vashti Q July 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm #

      Hello, my friend. I’m happy to create awareness and fight for this issue. It is so important to me and it should be for everyone. You know about this more than most. I wish you would have had someone to turn to, but you turned out more than okay. You are a miracle to me. You are a wonderful person. ❤ xo

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      • Soooz July 1, 2018 at 8:13 pm #

        ❤️️Thank you, my friend. If I can help someone to smile in the course of my day, then it has been a day well spent. The passing of our dear friend Jan will ensure that continues, for she always made me smile. ❤️️

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  14. Cleopatra Trevilcock July 2, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    This could very much apply to Senior Citizens as well. We need to spend quality time with our loved ones to ensure they are safe and at peace.

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  15. Annika Perry July 4, 2018 at 7:49 am #

    Despite the warm sunshine outside, I suddenly became very cold, my whole room seemed to darken. An incredibly powerful poem … along with your haiku this is a tremendous post and rightly highlights the horrific abuse that exists. Here in the UK there have been dreadful events in the past two decades, with so many girls telling of the abuse and their stories were dismissed or they were even mocked. Horrendous cases that continued for years.

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    • Vashti Q July 4, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

      Hello Annika. It really does happen more often than most people think. Those cases are heart-wrenching. Thank you. I’m glad you appreciated the post. Many people don’t want to read about this, but like you said, it does exist and it does need to be highlighted. 🙂 xx

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  16. yvettemcalleiro July 29, 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    Haunting but beautifully written. Wow!

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    • Vashti Q July 31, 2018 at 7:26 pm #

      Hi Yvette! I’m sorry for the delayed response I missed this one. Thank you, my friend! ❤

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