octavia wilson


Hush Little Sister


Hush, little sister
Please don't cry
I wish I could be there
To sing you a lullaby
I can see your arms
Bloodied and bruised
That's strange, little sister
Mine were like that too
I know you scream
When Daddy's there
Hush, little sister
I know you're scared
I can see the way
He's hurting you
I'm sorry, little sister
He did that to me too
I know that people
Ignore what's going on at home
That makes me angry, little sister
You shouldn't have to be alone
Hey, little sister
You want to know why I'm not there?
It's a sad story, little sister
But people should care
You see, little sister
One day Daddy got high
You were asleep in your crib
So you didn't hear my cry
He screamed at me
And smashed my head against the door
While you slept, little sister
I died on the floor
You know, little sister
I don't think that I would have died
If someone had only bothered
To listen to my cries
But hush, little sister
Daddy's coming home
Quick, get into bed
You don't want him to find you alone
I'm sorry little sister
He's in a bad mood
Run while you can
Uh oh little sister
He's lifting his belt
Scream while you can, little sister
Call for help
Hush little sister
You don't need to cry
No one can hurt you

Submitted: Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Edited: Saturday, October 23, 2010

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  • Veteran Poet - 4,088 Points Soulful Heart (10/13/2014 10:29:00 AM)

    a terrible pathetic situation that brings tears.....so touching and pierces the soul.....yes we never bother to listen to the cries of help until we ourselves r in some situation.....i dont have words to express....a poignant and breath snatching poem..thanks for sharing..10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,088 Points Elizabeth Rabbit (10/2/2012 1:11:00 PM)

    I loved this yet hated it at the same time; it's a brilliant write, just so sad as it's true, how many children suffer because people choose to ignore the signs? This is a heartfelt piece, it's made me think, thankyou. (Report) Reply

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