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The betrayal
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I enjoyed a relatively idyllic childhood, and so this poem is a work of complete fiction. It attempts to tell the story of a man abusing a young boy ....and how the boy has now grown up living with the secret that no child should ever have to bear. It is a dark and sinister thing to try to write about, made more difficult because I have no concept really about how an abused child feels. I deliberately made the abuser out to be a kindly figure on one level ... but who uses this kindness as a weapon to lure an innocent child. I am still unsure what possessed me to write about it as it disturbs me to think of children being damaged in this way. But we know that things like this are still happening so we should never ignore this terrible betrayal of innocence.

by Stephen Hirons

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