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As A Child


by Francis

As a Child,
I was a victim
Of abusive power
And controlled.
My ideas about
Power and authority
Were distorted.
To protect myself,
I sought in adult life,
To be the person in control.
I got myself into a superior position,
By striving to be at the top
Of my chosen tree.
I could ensure my own safety,
By suppressing and intimidating
Anyone who might be threatening.
But this was whilst on drugs,
So was I really in control?

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