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I forgave a man who beat me
I never beat a man
I forgave a man that terrorized me
I never terrorized a man
I forgave a man who imprisoned me and robbed me of my soul
I forgave a man who took from me all I’d thought I owned
Long after I forgave this man
The only one that I thought was left to forgive
Was the woman sitting beneath my skin
The one that lost her soul
The woman who never beat a man
The woman who never terrorized another
The woman who never stole a thing
The woman who never robbed a man
She was much harder to forgive by far
Than the man who imprisoned her in his clutch
For it was she that had allowed somehow
This man to take so much
The day she finally forgave herself
That was true forgiveness she was told
That forgiveness of herself was worth more to her than Gold…

My gift to you …

As much as you don’t want to hear the F word, it is the first thing you must do to move on, Forgive the worst one of all … YOU!. I don’t mean to say you are the worst one but I felt that I was to blame for all of it. After all I stayed when he passed out drunk. I stayed after the first time he hit me. I stayed when he tried to kill me. But my life changed when I finally began to forgive myself. It doesn’t happen in a day, all better, I have forgiven myself. It has taken years but since the first glimmer of my own forgiveness I have begun to heal. Honestly, I forgave my abuser in my mind, not to his face, long before I even forgave myself.

P.S. I forgave myself long ago and have posted this poem to help another learn to forgive.


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TDD 1-800-787-3224
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I have no more to be thankful for this year…Thank God
No more Beatings
No more Fear
No more Sadness
No more Tears
No more Dreams of Dying Today Anyway
No more Nightmares
No more Guilt
No more Battered Souls
No more Invisible Me
No more Forgotten Fate
No more Wasted Grace
No more Time to Waste
No more Fearing Yesterdays …
I am Thankful for all that I DO NOT have this year.

Have you written a poem to reflect your strength after abuse? Many readers of this blog are often looking for the words they can’t find to describe how they feel. Please share your words of wisdom with them.

Domestic Abuse Hotline 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
TDD 1-800-787-3224
Voice: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) 800-799-SAFE

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