I found this worn out tattered paper with a poem I had written many years ago. It was during a particularly difficult time in my life. I was sitting with a group of women who were staying at a domestic violence safe house. Their stories were heartbreaking and powerful. I felt a great bond with each woman there. We lifted each other up and decided to write.
Back then, I had a strong desire to give back, or pay it forward to women who have experienced domestic abuse. Two of my kids were still under 18 and I spent the next few years raising them. I am now an empty nester.
Not believing in coincidences…I was recently contacted by Alternatives to Violence, a local organization in Northern Colorado. The director asked if they could use my poem on their website or Facebook page. Of course, I said, “Yes”. Further into our discussion, I expressed the desire to volunteer for ATV. She welcomed this and I submitted my application yesterday.
DV is something I have known my whole life. Thinking about this a lot the past few days. I penned another poem:
I knew a woman for a little while.
She had the most beautiful smile.
Her smile could almost distract you from her blackened eye.
I just could not understand why.
Who would want to hurt such a beautiful creature?
Is this what marriage is, would this be my future?
Everyone is so quick to judge,
Without knowing why a woman does what she does.
No one gave her a hand up or kind offer.
Instead, they chose to gossip about her.
I can still hear those unkind voices.
Whispering ugly tales about her poor choices.
Surely this last beating was her fault.
Of course, she deserved this recent assault.
But I saw her kindness and admired her strength.
To help a friend, she would go any length.
Though I only knew her for a little while.
She taught me rather well how to smile.
I look forward to continuing in my journey of lovingly encouraging all in their quest for inner peace while endeavoring to supportively empower spiritual living. I hope to pass on to others, that which was passed on to me by some pretty incredible women.
If you or someone you know are in an abusive relationship, there are wonderful resources out there to help you get out. Just reach out your hand and ask for help.
Stay Blissful My Friends – E