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Live Beyond the Suffering
by Linda Settles
Friday, July 09, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Victims of child abuse are 3X more likely to abuse substances than children who were not abused. Survivors who repress the pain of their victimization may suffer with depression,anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder throughout their lifetime without being able process the trauma that created their distress.

Live Beyond the Suffering


He said it didn’t matter and determined to forget

He said it didn’t matter—it didn’t… and yet,

By eleven he’d discovered appeasement for his gloom

For the pain that drove relentlessly a boy toward his doom.

By his teens he’d found the needle and he used it every day

It helped him keep the silence of the words he could not say.


A half a century later, from a hard hospital bed

He let himself remember what he never could forget.

With all the disappointments and a lifetime of regret

The thing that didn’t matter had raised its ugly head;

From the well of his forgetfulness it finally had its say

He wept as he released the truth into the light of day.


Now he speaks of it with sadness and a little anger too,

For the person he thought loved him most is the one

 who put him through

The hell of molestation, the grief he couldn’t bear,

Now he tells his story and I hope that you will hear

The hope that lives forever in the message of a boy

Who tells you, please remember, don’t let the past destroy

The years that lie before you— Please give yourself the joy

Of freedom from the burden of a secret kept too long

And live beyond the suffering of another person’s wrong.




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Reviewed by Connie Faust 8/29/2010
Tremendous writing, Linda! You are filling a need with your offerings and your compassionate heart.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/12/2010
Strong, serious subject matter, Linda, handled with great maturity and worthwhile.

Reviewed by Paul Judges 7/11/2010
A powerful piece of writing, Linda
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 7/10/2010
And this about says it all and so very, very well too. Thank you Linda. God bless, my friend, J'nia
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/9/2010
Please give yourself the joy
Of freedom from the burden of a secret kept too long

This is powerful and important counsel, Linda. Thank you for sharing. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 7/9/2010
Dear Linda, Unfortunately many are suffering from the abuse of others. But your last four lines bring the best solution to what cannot be undone. Love Emile
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/9/2010

Very powerful. What a shame people's lives are changed because of another's doing. How sad that he didn't realize he didn't have to carry the abuse with him through life. This was so well written and an eye opener.


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