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It Must be Told
by E. J. Farrand

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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One can only wish that abuse could end for all time. If you are in the position of being trusted by someone to hear their story, this I hope can guide you through this very difficult time.


It must be told,
any tale of abuse,
 No matter how painful
or the words so disdainful;
for the healing of this
never-ending haunting
to begin, to grow.


 

A confidant,
a doctor or a Mom,
a favorite teacher perhaps;
just so long as the victim feels safe,
else the nightmare continues
a moment in time
etched in the victimís mind.


Many people will never know
the fear and the shame,
that sickening feeling
that comes from the knowing.



ďWonít you listen?
I know that itís hard;
But Iíve got to tell someone,
I canít  keep it in,
my hurt must come outĒ.



When the words begin,
donít let them stop,
itís almost going through
the horrible thing again;
the first time telling
is the hardest time there is.



ďI may need a hugĒ,
but many times not;
touching brings back the visions,
scenes impossible to rid,
burned forever in the mind.



Just let them talk,
stop not the tears that flow;
for this is the beginning
the start of new hope.



Never question
or attempt to judge,
trying to ease the pain--
a noble effort indeed,
but one ill-served
for the pain MUST come out,
to enable the healing to begin.



One may hope
that this doesnít happen to them,
but if someone you know
trusts you to listen,
hold that trust dear;
for this human being,
for a moment a victim,
is coming to you to help
to begin their rebuilding of life
.


 


 

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Reviewed by Axilea MU 3/24/2008
Excellent advice full of wisdom, compassion, intelligence and love.
Nobody ever listened to me until... today! So one thing that everyone should know is: never tell a child who battles a huge feeling of guilt that the abusive parent loves them and that they are wrong. This is just as harmful as abuse.
Thank you for writing about this extremely painful subject.

Axilea
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 2/5/2008
Tell it! TELL IT !! Loving Hugs, 'Pea' PS: I am taking the liberty of sending a link to your poem to Marcia Duning of Angels That Care. ATC is dedicated to reducing domestic violence in any and all forms. Might want to check it out. Url's www.angelsthatcare.org.
Sister Survivor
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 2/1/2008
In this time it is easier for others to listen. Many years ago it was easier for families to just keep quiet. It's a good write and a good start to healing. Lady J
Reviewed by D Johnson 1/31/2008
A very poingnant write...it is obvious that you really care, and with that, what more could a young child want, other than peace.

Dan



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