Forgive and live with the child in you.
Be gentle to that child.
Understand its pain.
It’s rejection, abandonment and shame.
You are not to blame.
Know it comes from a different time and place.
Put it in a box, marked ‘the past’.
It wasn’t given a loving face.
Nor growth and space.
Love the child in you.
Help it develop with love and taste.
Give it security and warmth.
Understand it’s view.
It can grow anew.
I’m an adult now.
I was a helpless then.
Now looking after the child within.
Keeping it loved, cared for and safe.
Knowing I’m in a stronger place.
Living a fuller life with grace
Roger P. Read