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Sep 17, 2013
Elaine:
by: Darlene Barriere - Webmaster

Our power lies within us. It doesn't lie with anyone else. Unless we give up that power. It matters not that your abusers would try to bring about the invisibility that they brought to you when you were a child, it only matters that they cannot do so now. Again, unless you permit it. Stay true to your own truth. And keep writing. Thank you for sharing your poem and thoughts with my visitors and me.

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Sep 17, 2013
you are alive
by: J G of Mass USA

I have a severe case of PTSD as a result of the traumatic beatings by my father and my mother never acknowledged they happened. I wanted him to kill me to end the trauma I lived with. My parents never said they even liked me forget about any love for me. I left the first day I could and never went back. I hated my parents as much as any person could and still do to this day. I am now over 80 years of age and have lived for some 75 years with the anger they caused me to have. The only reason I survived was because I learned from my neighbors what family was supposed to be like and I didn't have that. Learning this caused me to vow never to allow these two people to destroy who I was supposed to be as a person and live with this anger every day all day and will to the day I die. I AM ALIVE & YOU SHOULD BE TO. Get away, go...........................TKS John G.

Sep 17, 2013
don't hide in that shadow
by: Eileen Howard

don't hide in that shadow and don't carry that anger inside, to the younger ones behind us, get out, go, go to the police, go to a friend, go to the teacher, get to the kids help line, don't do what we did, don't hide their secrets for your whole life, if their is another child in their life, they will turn that anger on that child, the minute you are not there, save your sisters and brothers, and most of all yourself. Love to all and especially JohnG.

Sep 18, 2013
I am alive
by: J G Mass USA

Hi. Unfortunately for me my father gave me the responsibility of being responsible for my brothers behavior, without any authority over them. I couldn't touch them but it was my fault for what ever they did. They learned to own and control me because if I touched one of them they yelled and I got another beating. I hated my brothers from day one because they used this control over me. My father never touched my brothers only me. He hated me from my first recognition of his existence.He never ever did anything father son with me EVER.I never talked to him EVER. I never knew when I came home if I was going to get a beating because of a lie perpetrated by my brothers.I was always guilty and lived with this traumatic fear every day until I left. I left to go fight for my country during the Korean war and leaving there were no kissing no hugging no hand shaking simply saying good by and I left with a friend who brought me to the train station. My life up to that point was a living hell.tks J. G.

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