He ruptured your hymen; he didn’t break you.
You are more than that moment of
Piercing pain, gasping for breath,
Yelling, “Do you feel better now?”
Like he relieved himself inside you
Rather than uplift and glorify you.
You struggled to push him far away.
You weren’t strong enough
To break the grasp of
Hands on your wrists.
Now your strength resides
Inside your faith,
Your courage, and your grace.
His manhood cannot
Reach you for you
Dwell in the crevices
Of creative power and
In a womb of possibilities.
Self-Love and Self-Worth
Discernment, deep equanimity
Join as the dual guides
To an Enduring trust
An unrelenting will to thrive.
Your voice rings loud, clear, and bold.
You speak from the depths of your truth
Passionate to relish
Your body vessel as
A goddess with breadth, depth, width, height
Muscle, mass, hips, lips, breasts, eyes
A thousand moments of dignity
Waking up and walking tall.
Seeds unleashed grow flowers
Blooming gloriously in your heart.
Your beauty radiates each day
In colorful hues and highlights.
Streaks and shrieks of light and laughter.
Living a wholehearted life
With sweetness after that bitter
Becomes your greatest revenge.
You are exuberantly alive
A force of love in our world.
When I read this poem, so many emotions run through as though these words were directed to me. It’s true that some may take something from you so precious, but with God’s grace and how you are made, resilient, full of courage and full of love makes the difference. Thank you
What I’ve realized now in a powerful reframe is that nothing was taken from me because I’m pure conscious awareness walking, running, dancing, and moving with this beautiful body temple. Know one can take anything that I didn’t give them. Expanding our resilience, courage, faith, love, compassion and so many more wonderful qualities inside of us we can live free and in peace. Thank you so much for what you’ve honestly shared from your experience of reading this poem. I celebrate your dignity, courage, and ability to rise strong with God’s grace and your own grace, Lynn.
This absolutely took away my breath – Laura. Hit in the gut centre and transported by a feeling of liberation and a wave of sweetness in feeling your story at a visceral level. I loved it and your words transform with each line. Like a phoenix I feel, like a phoenix. Captivating work. Captivating you. Thank you so very much.?
Thank you so much, Maureen! Yes, a phoenix! Yes. Thank you. So grateful for all your words. We are bigger than anything that’s ever happened to us. Rise Up. Rise Strong. Fly Free and Brave!! Yes!!
Powerful! He may have taken something precious but she still has her faith, resilience, creativity…and love.
Thank you so much, Yvonne. Always has her faith, resilience, creativity, love and so much more. Makes me think of Whitney Houston’s song-Greatest Love of all-they can’t take away your dignity because the greatest love is happening to me-learning to love yourself-it is the greatest love of all! I appreciate your taking the time to read the poem and share your thoughts.