Sunday, 29 September 2013

The Invisible Child

You saw your mother raped and beaten,
not once, but again, again and again.
You saw him cut your mother.
They knew you saw,
they heard your cry;
but they did not listen.
They did not help you,
we don’t know why.

They saw the bruises, the black eyes,
the contusions on your skull.
They saw you eat dirt,
they saw you steal food,
they saw you eat waste from filthy bins,
they saw you eat beans planted in the earth.
They saw that your body was a bag of bones
and they saw that your bones were broken.
They saw you forced to swallow salt,
they saw you half drowned;
but they listened to your mother’s lies,
not to you.

At four years old you weighed 10 kilos,
27 ‘incidents’ required police involvement.

They saw you,
Daniel, before his troubles began.
they all saw you;
they all heard you,
yet you were
invisible,
unseen,
unnoticed,
a hungry ghost with no voice.
You suffered in a starved silence,
until you broke.
You died, in Britain, in 2012
Now, only now, we listen to your cry.
(Daniel Pelka, b. 15.07.2007, d. 3.03.2012)
*The figure never changes. One in four households in the UK experience domestic abuse. Most often there is an invisible child, at least one.