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STEP AWAY FROM THE DARK

A poem about overcoming the darkness of sexual assault, and by facing what had been kept a secret was the most the liberating thing she could have done.

When younger, she experienced so much pain. Pain she chose to bury, ignore and lock away. She faced times that gave her too much strain, But her secrets she still could not say.

To others she was upbeat, vibrant and excited. They experienced her zest for life and all her joy. But to herself she was constantly spited. The life she was living, she did not truly enjoy.

This was the norm and dark thoughts would appear, Almost routinely to kick her arse. She’d hide away until safe to reappear, Knowing that for a while, the bad feelings would pass.

Then the reality of her pain rose like a beast, For she fell again and the glimmer of light disappeared. She had a choice, to die or release the pain of the past. Choosing strength – a new life, she pioneered.

For the first time, she allowed herself to speak the words she had hidden. She allowed herself to feel what she avoided. By facing her obstacles the pain and sorrow was overridden. The experience of meeting her true self coincided.

She discovered the spiritual, nurturing side Of a soul she thought would always be tainted. She shares her stories with nothing but pride, In a bid to help others stop feeling haunted.

Creating her new life is a never ending journey, Because demons don’t like to be silenced. But she now knows, happiness and freedom, she is worthy, And the power she holds within is enhanced.

She is fierce. She is strong. She is brave. She is soft. She is caring. She is nurturing. She understands a new life she will pave. With new miracles constantly appearing.

I am thankful for everything as it was my lesson from the Universe To step away from the dark, surround myself with love and fully immerse.

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