Let Innocence Sleep

Robert Coffman Lois Gilmore

 

In the coming weeks I will be sharing information about a special week being set aside to bring awareness of child sexual abuse and its dangers to homeschooling families. I will be providing links to resources that you can use in your homeschool support groups and will be interviewing Lisa Cherry in a podcast series on this topic as well. Recently my long-time friend Suzanne gave me permission to share these haunting lyrics from a song she wrote that was written from her own family’s devastating experience with child sexual abuse.

 

 Let Innocence Sleep by Suzanne Sickler-Reid

 

I was taught when I was young, that love would cover all the wrong,

the hurt the pain and all that life imparts.

But there’s some things that love won’t heal, since love won’t cheat and love won’t steal,

the innocence from a child’s heart.

For he is meant to be a prince in training, slaying dragons in his world where he is reigning,

just a little Knight in shining armor, he laughs, he dances, he’s a little charmer.And she was meant to be a sleeping beauty, dress up tea parties, tom-boy little cutie.

She’s a queen, a princess, teacher, wife; playing house she’s laughing, full of life.

So it does not matter who you are, a teenage sitter or pop movie star; an upright parent, teacher or priest to hurt our children in the very least, perpetuates cycles one cannot repair and leads to a heart that is lost in despair~

though it’s been done to you, you say, that’s no excuse to act that way.

No psychological profile, excuses what one should revile.

For innocence was made to sleep until the time to wake, only the heart should choose to give what you would choose to take.  To damage the soul while awakening early, it’s the lowest of theives that steal children’s purity.

So hang a millstone round your neck you’ve made a beam from one small speck and built your life on lies and deceit.  You’ve lost your way, you no longer feel, yet the pain you inflict is so very real

and remember that…

He was meant to be a prince in training, slaying dragons in his world where he is reigning,

just a little Knight in shining armor, he laughs, he dances, he’s a little charmer.

And she was meant to be a sleeping beauty, dress up tea parties, tom-boy little cutie.

She’s a queen, a princess, teacher, wife; playing house she’s laughing, full of life.

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Comments

  1. Carlene Wynn says

    That’s my mom’s song. I cannot imagine where I would be today without her support. We have been through quite a journe. Thank you Karen for this post, for being courageous enough to face a really ugly issue.

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