You will never know how hot those coals felt as they shoved my face into the remains of their fire. My fault they said as I’d sneaked up to watch sacred men’s business. But those scars repel anyone who sees my face, they wont look me in the eyes.

The Salvos took my kids … a handsome baby boy and then twins. Claimed I couldn’t look after them. I’m used to being pushed around and told what to do, they think I don’t have a brain.

My eldest now sixteen ran away … the good Christian family they gave him to, well that man kept raping him. Now he thinks he’s gay so he ran away to make porn. He’s a real handsome boy but he turned away and vomited when he saw my face. He doesn’t know his people, country or culture, how is that Christian?

Now I’m praying that my twins will come and find me too. Hope they had better parents than he did.

Written for:

International Women’s Day … please pay respect to all the women in your life


  1. It pierces through my heart Kate…
    There maybe parents who can’t take care of their children pretty well on the basis of what our society requires; but then again, what are the odds that these kids will live a better life of we take them away from them?

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  2. Flash fiction is a challenge to write!
    Great job, Kate!

    You not only tell an important story, you are sending important messages that need to be remembered/heard!

    I admire those who can make tough decisions on behalf of children and make the right decisions/choices.
    But is so sad when decisions are made that children’s lives tougher and not better. 😦


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  3. Very dark, but sadly I have encountered real situations just like this, especially the stolen generation, but others too, creative way to keep us focussed on the underside of life for others.

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