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Calling all poets! I receive dozens of poems from women each month and just a few from men. Anyone who reads my blog at The Last Straw knows that poetry can heal a broken heart.

First I want to thank the many readers who have already sent me poems, they should all be posted here by now. All of the poems found here will eventually find there way to a new blog just for poetry at Poetry on Violence and Healing

I am putting together a free ebook to be given away on this site and others that contain poetry from others who have dealt with domestic violence/abuse. My goal is to empower women and men to get out of and to heal in the aftermath of domestic violence. Poetry from any point of view will work. I am really in need of uplifting poetry as well and poetry from a man’s point of view.

I encourage women and men, to share their poetry on recovery and surviving domestic violence. We feel so alone when we are in the abuse, during the aftermath my goal is to help others feel connected and far from alone. Your poem may be posted on someone’s desk someday and that poem may be the only thing that gets them through the day.

For the men out there, please help me, to help others understand, that domestic violence happens to men and hurts them just the same. I can not share your thoughts and feelings, I can only agree that it happens and you are of no lesser value in this horror because you are a man. If anything, your recovery and pain is more silent so please share.

No matter what sex or color or marital status you are a punch hurts just the same. I have created this blog to share only poetry and how it helps us all in the healing process. Please help me create a blog that allows others to heal and realize that they are not alone. Your poetry will do just that.

By leaving a poem here you are stating that you are the author and I have permission to post it elsewhere and to use it in several upcoming books. Poetry has helped me heal from horrific violence and pain and I know that it can help you too. By sharing your poetry you are indeed helping someone else who feels all alone to feel connected and heard.

Love & Peace,

Poetry left in this post will later be placed in the proper category for others to find it quickly. Please only share poetry that you have written out of respect for the authors. By sharing your poetry here you are giving me permission to share your poem on other blogs and to use it in upcoming writing projects, books and others items. If you post your name you will be given full credit.


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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.

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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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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