The Night the Stars Fell
TW: sexual assault, child abuse
We’re moving and it’s dark and warm
I feel safe, but only until we stop
the fear sets in and I
scream because of the tape
and I can’t
The trunk opens
and light pours into my
and I’m not safe
I squint, blinded by the bright lights
and I can’t see his face, but I know
it’s a question they’ll ask later
at the hospital.
They’ll also ask what he did to me
where he touched me
if he hurt me
that’s what happens on TV.
On TV they always catch the bad guy.
His hands are on me and
I’m scared, I don’t want him to touch me
but everything is going so fast
his arms hold me as I struggle
and he tells me “it’ll be quick”
because he only “likes ‘em live the first time”
I feel sick.
He takes me in a house
it’s dirty and dust is everywhere
it smells like old books and rotting wood
there’s one mattress
and I know that’s where
Still fast. He throws me down, tells me
“struggle all you want, I’m stronger than you”
and I know it’s true because he’s on top of me
a bundle of free, flailing limbs and he pins me.
His teeth are yellow and his
breath smells like coffee and alcohol
he tells me “I like ’em young”
I don’t respond, still flailing.
He’s wearing glasses and his cheeks are red
and his eyes are black as coal, his nose has a wart
and he got Star too, but she didn’t make it because…
he likes younger girls better.
Star is a year older and
when he asked us our ages he seemed like
such a nice man.
He gave us balloons and told us we were
p pp p
r rr r
e ee e
t tt t
t tt t
y yy y
and every little girl wants to be pretty
just. like. mommy.
He made me watch when he touched her
up her skirt, over her legs
he told me not to look away
because it made him hot to know I was watching
I couldn’t stop crying when she screamed
he was hurting her by…
His lips are all over my body and it burns
the hatred in me and I…I can’t stop screaming
he’s touching me and using fingers and whispering
“You’re my good girl, you’re my good girl”
I’m sick. I’m sick.
He wont stop touching me
and he tells me “this’ll hurt a little”
and he tells me “I like it when you scream”
and he tells me “you’re so pretty”
and he tells me “a perfect little angel”
and he tells me “so innocent”
and I’m not anymore
I’m not and I…
I can’t stop screaming
because it hurts
and I’m not old enough
He tells me “I only like ’em live the first time”.