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she was barely two
she got to stay home
from church
with uncle d.

they played cards
he made her laugh as
she sat on his knee

he said this is a secret
between you and me
grandma would get
mad at us

then on a stormy 
winter night he took
her to his bed
and he hurt her

he said this is our
secret grandma
must never know
or she will send
you away 

she remembered
those three steps
down to his bedroom
when she was forty

he was in his grave
and the secret was
kept, grandma
never knew.

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  1. Date: 12/22/2009 3:13:00 PM
    Congratulations on being a first round survivor and the best to you in the finals Janetta. I wish you the best in your writing endeavors in 2010 whatever they may be. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/21/2009 9:07:00 AM
    Congrats on your poem winning the first round of PS contest!! Very well deserved, enjoyed reading your wonderful poetry. Here’s wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! May 2010 be your best year ever! Love Light Patty

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 1:19:00 PM
    Congratulations on moving to the next round with this great poem, Janetta! Wishing you joy and happiness in the New Year, love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/20/2009 10:19:00 AM
    Many congratulations on reaching the second round with your fine poem >> James

  1. Date: 9/25/2009 1:19:00 PM
    unbelievable courage and honesty to write this piece, and thank god you can put it so plain but so expressive, congrats on this piece.

  1. Date: 6/13/2009 7:10:00 AM
    This is one of my tougher subjects, working with kids. It needs to be out in the open. Too many kids grow with unjustified guilt. A lot of courage to write. God Bless. Vince

  1. Date: 6/11/2009 2:02:00 PM
    horrid memory shared by too many. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 5:47:00 AM
    Oh Janetta, this is so sad but it happens more and more everyday. Thank you for sharing this write. Love, Carol