I saw a little girl sitting on a bench
Crying because she was hurt.
No visible scars but on the inside
She felt like she had no worth.
She felt she was different, bore an ugly visage
That her weight kept others away
She was broken, frustrated, despised being hated
And nothing seemed to go her way
I looked at her confused not understanding why
Anyone would want to make a small child cry
Why anyone would turn up their nose at something so precious
Or walk away un-phased while this little girl was helpless
But what struck me the most,
What swelled up frustration, anger, what fettered my hope
Was that this girl, this little girl was only 9 years old.
How was it possible that her mind thought that way?
What cruel blue poison did someone feel they had to say?
Because I knew that she didn't come out the womb concerned about opinions.
I knew that the treacherous thoughts were not earned, but given.
No, she didn't deserve them, yet they were injected in her brain.
Causing doubt, fear, lack of pride
But most of all unbearable pain
I had to do something because I knew it was wrong
To let her think she was placed in this world, but didn't belong.
I looked her straight in the eye,
Square in the face,
Pressed my palm to her hand.
I needed her to listen,
To open her ears, and wipe her eyes
But most of all just understand.
That what the world said didn't matter
What the world said was mostly vain;
That what the world said was different from what her father said;
Because she was made by the one divine king.
That she was born with a purpose, vision and goal
And that no one had the right to corrupt her soul.
I felt I had to say all I could to make this little girl see what I saw in her
I felt an obligation to impart in her that believing in herself was the cure
I told her, "Just wait, one day you'll find your way
And you'll hold your chin up high, despite what others say”
Before I left her I gently lifted her chin
And saw in her eyes determination burning within
I wish I could have done more, stepped in to shield her before she was abused
By people drowning in schadenfreude and who made her pain their muse
But I believe what I did turned out to be enough
I believe what I said revealed the diamond buried in the rough.
Every once in a while I still see that girl as she pauses to admire what she sees.
She's proud of what she's become and I'm proud of her too,
For I was once that little girl, and she was me.