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Once Upon a Trauma
by Vicky Bowker Jeter

Friday, August 23, 2002
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Once upon a trauma . . .

Go where it is quiet.
Get where it is still.
Touch where primal instinct wills
your body to fight or flight;
regardless detail, this dynamic plight
has triggered a process eons old--
archetypal icon stories to mold
and ceaselessly shape your character
from then through now.
Seeming pretentious . . .
you've forgotten somehow
that the blood of your ancestors
runs hot through your veins;
in you their ageless legacies remain
of risking it all for primordial fire,
rekindled once more now
waking the Tiger
to insure tomorrow's generation survives
FEEL the adrenaline rush--you are alive!

The challenge--to crouch
within appropriate bounds--
to couch your stalking
and gutturral sounds
in pillows for pounding
or free-flowing tears;
modes to abate our societies fears--
Yet, let "should" not entrap
Nature's high reverie,
embrace carpe diem;
let your Tiger run free.

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My inspiration for this is three-fold:

First, acknowledging credit, "Waking the Tiger,"
is the title, and the subject of a book by Dr. Stephen Levine, which is included in my studies of trauma resolution, instructed by Dr. William Emerson, my current mentor. Next, I believe that the lack of effective ways to
allow our pervasive stress responses to physiologically come to fulfilled completion in the body leaves chemical build-ups that lend to psychological and emotional pain and challenges.
Second: I NEARLY got a speeding ticket this morning that drove my tiger wild! (Blessings to the officer who warned me instead.) I cannot howl and pound and run wild at work--so I did this instead.  

Vicky Bowker Jeter
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Reviewed by Diane Wagner 1/17/2003
Vicky, I love the images and your ability to articulate so much in so few words. Wonderful. And thank you so much for your help in getting started in the Den. Blessings, Diane
Reviewed by sophie merrick (Reader) 11/18/2002
Reviewed by Faye Enno (Reader) 9/25/2002
Excellent! :)
Reviewed by Smoke Martin (Reader) 9/23/2002
The Tiger comes out in all of us at the most God awful times......but come out he does. Which gives us our strength, our love, our desire and mostly " our silence"
GREAT!!!!!!!!! Love your writing
Reviewed by Victor Jensen 9/23/2002
Oh that Tiger that lives in our lives,ever so tame, it sometimes puounces on the opportunity of the moment.
Reviewed by Connie Hinnen Cook 9/8/2002
What's running hot thru your veins is dripping down onto paper! Let that tiger run free! Therapy for us, blessings back on ya, Vicky! Thanks!
Reviewed by Steve Ralph 8/31/2002
excellent write Vicky i enjouyed this very much, thank you for sharing,
And thank you for your comment on my poem Banjo, in answer to your question, no i am not related, i know him only through his words, which i believe are timeless,,.
take care now Steve
Reviewed by Tova Gabrielle 8/27/2002
I found great validifying comfort in this and it was an amazingly well-timed read--a sign of universality. I'm impressed by the depth and truth of this piece and feel it needs little editing to become a truly perfect finished work.
Reviewed by Letitia Blount (Reader) 8/27/2002
Excellent write.
Reviewed by Cles Wilson 8/26/2002
Excellent! :)
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 8/25/2002
Exceptional Piece~`*
Reviewed by Margo Maris 8/25/2002
You make so much sense in so few words. Wonderful write! My tiger was caged for such a long time, that it didn't know how to react when it was set free. As a result, it harmed the very one who gave it freedom. Thank you for viewing my poem.
Reviewed by Lady Peg 8/24/2002
Vicky , this is excellent..Peg
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 8/24/2002
Good choice at what to do instead :-) Well written.
Reviewed by jude forese 8/23/2002
Reviewed by Mitzi Jackson 8/23/2002 I feel ya
great way to relieve stress
Reviewed by Melissa Rives 8/23/2002
Wow, powerful and insightful write...outstanding imagery and depth! Thank you as well for stopping by my page!
Reviewed by Jenni Kalicharan 8/23/2002
Great write..very interesting work..
Thank you for your kind comment..
Reviewed by Amor Sabor 8/23/2002
I thin you have more reasons to celebrate! This is an excellent write.
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 8/23/2002

Sandie Angel :o) / May Lu $*_*$
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/23/2002
Another very good write. Interesting and creative. Your talent shines through!
Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/23/2002
Excellent write interesting image verses.
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