Ingrained Pain

April 14, 2017 by Guest Student Author

by Miles DeClue '18


You tell your daughter

When she is in kindergarten

That the mean boy in class

Who pulled her hair

And pushed her down

Was his way of showing that he liked her


And it's no wonder that she now mistakes love for pain

Because from the moment you told her

That a boy shows affection through harm

You let her know that it was okay for someone to hurt her

As long as they said "I love you" afterwards


News flash

I love you

Don't clean the bruises

And I love you

Don't wipe away the tears

Or erase the fear

And if he did it once he will do it again

I love you

Is not enough


Start teaching your kids

That love looks like

Soft hands

That leave you feeling comforted

And calm voices

That whisper reassuring words


Because bodies should not be covered

Black and blue

But shine like gold


So babygirl remember

If he hurts you he doesn't love you

Because anyone who cares for you

Wants to make your heart soar when you see them

Not drop when the sound of his angry voice

Echoes in the halls


So watch for the soft


That cherish you

Gentle voices

That lift you up

And kind eyes

That let you know you are worth

All the love in the world

Written by Guest Student Author

Periodically students volunteer or are asked to write for the Stoneleigh-Burnham blog.

Filed Under: student voice, Poetry, National Poetry Month, Poetry Month, Student work, Student Writing