What does a child do when those who are meant to protect her turn into the perpetrators of crime against her?
Abuse in the formative years might be the worst kind of agony that a person could be subjected to. When perpetrated by family members it carries with it the burden of guilt and shame, which affects not only the childhood but spills over the entire lifespan of the person. Every time I read about child abuse, it disgusts me to think about the people who indulge in the heinous crime. More disturbing is the thought of children who are made to go through it.
‘The Only Way Out Is Through,’ written by Shirley J Davis, is a first-hand narrative of the trauma faced by the author who was subjected to abuse in her childhood. While she avoids mention of the explicit details, Shirley mostly uses the form of free flowing poetry to convey the deep scars that were inflicted on her as a child, and the psychological setback she suffered due to the inhuman ordeal.
This post is relevant for all the awesome poets, who follow Scribble and Scrawl. There’s an ongoing Free Poetry Contest till 29th March. You may wish to submit your poems on this site for Poetry Festival.
See the original post here that lists a collection of best of new poetry from around the world. Happy that my poem ‘Whistling Dunes’ features in the list. 🙂