My Child Within

I found my child within today,

For many years so locked away,

Loving, embracing, needing so much,

If only I could reach in & touch.

I did not know this child of mine,

We were never acquainted at 3 or 9,

But today I felt the crying inside,

I'm here I shouted, come reside,

We hugged each other ever so tight,

As feelings emerged of hurt & fright.

It's okay I sobbed, I love you so!

You are precious to me, I want you to know,

My child, my child, you are safe today,

You will not be abandoned, I'm here to stay,

We laughed, we cried, it was a discovery,

This warm loving child is my recovery.

Kathleen Algoe