This Poem was Submitted By: Debbie Spicer On Date: 2007-08-14 00:08:15 . . . Click Here To Mail this Poem to a Friend!

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From Trauma To Transformation

Some remain wounded increasing with strife Relieving distressing events of their life. Is there healing and growth genuinely to be had Attempting to make it yet abruptly be mad? The recovery from ghastly events of the past Raped, captured, and tortured with time surpassed.  One’s identity at that time taken away Once treated like a miserable display. Suppressing old memories does not always work There are recollections that will always lurk. Isolated, lonely seemingly without friends Is this the way torture ceaselessly ends? Finally you take control of your domain The time has come to outshine the pain. The transformation leads you to justly speak Powerlessness and fear are now forever weak. One finds their voice and conveys what they’ve learned And how these events have caused them to turn. The healing journey becomes a small part The mending now comes straight from the heart.

Copyright © August 2007 Debbie Spicer

Additional Notes:
Possibly a simple poem, yet powerful from one's heart who has gone through this. It may not be the type of poetry one expects or is correct, but this is true life and one I have gone through, and very happy I am in the Transformation stage. Thank you all for you're love and support. My site goes one, Love you all, Debbie

This Poem was Critiqued By: Lora Silvey On Date: 2007-09-07 20:45:00
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Debbie, Such a thoughtful poignant well penned poem...yes transformation does come and enables one to find their voice, no longer muted or hindered. Bravo--you go girl, I'll stand beside you any day. Best always, Lora

This Poem was Critiqued By: Thomas H. Smihula On Date: 2007-08-29 09:30:14
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 9.92308
Debbie, You know you always get a honest opinion here and rarely will I make comment about improving upon a piece. There are two things that were reflected in this writing, the first I felt you tried to hard to rhyme and that will detere, at least this reader, from the depth of the poem. Example display could have just as easily been play for that is what we all partake in while we live. Second you held back and that is not your norm for you speak from the heart, so no holes barred. To me this is a surface poem not grabbing me like most of yours. Just some thoughts and only from this reader. Thomas
This Poem was Critiqued By: Paul H. Roefs On Date: 2007-08-24 18:07:30
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 1.00000
Debbie, You've done it again, brought me to tears. Live is so cruel to some and then overly fair to others. Your poem has such wonderful imagery, and Ive been there too. I wonder what others feel,or do not feel, when they read your poem. Many people do not understand mainly because they have not walked in your footprints. They have no idea of many issues in- voled in suffering and pain, short term, or long term. I just know, as you have written, ," Finally you take control of your domain The time has come to outshine the pain" Yes, the heart does controls the "mending", process. The read was very smooth ,rhythmic and imagery, all appropriate for the theme. I enjoy your poem very much. Paul
This Poem was Critiqued By: Rene L Bennett On Date: 2007-08-20 02:50:01
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Debbie! CLAP! CLAP! CLAP! I applaud this piece! Writen from the heart, yes, speaks loud, YES!! I am glad you have found your transformation stage and I wish you a very gentle healing. Keep writing from your heart and not to please others. But to pen your true self because you have writen a masterpiece in my eyes!! Rene'
This Poem was Critiqued By: Claire H. Currier On Date: 2007-08-18 08:32:29
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Good for you Debbie......I find this to be a most powerful read, knowing your journey from other poetry I have read and responses you have made and shared, this brings forth the pain, traggic events, sorrow, fear, that one may even see the closeness of death waiting to take hold. Yet, you have over the years and with the help of others and most certainly with the Lord leading the pack have come to the place you are today and you certainly have stated that well too. Your journey has been long, hard and you my dear friend are victorious as they say and indeed the mending is coming straight from your heart and your reaching out and sharing this to others who have been there themselves may find comfort in your words as well........Well presented, thank you again for sharing this most difficult time with us and please know my heart rejoices with yours with each mending from your heart as your journey continues on. God Bless, Claire
This Poem was Critiqued By: marilyn terwilleger On Date: 2007-08-16 15:31:56
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 10.00000
Hi Debbie....this is a gut wrenching poem in which you describe your ordeal poetically. It is written with much passion and your emotion just drips down the page with every line. I use the word 'drips' in a good way because I read each line twice before moving on to the next. So it took me longer to get to the end than it would have if I had just gone with the flow of the words as you wrote them. I have only had a couple of other poems that have affected me in such a way. The horrible event you went through will be with you forever, of that I am sure. You will heal (and I believe you are healing) and the horror will be forced to the back of your mind where it will lurk for awhile. Hopefully when it emerges once again you will be better prepared to deal with it until it loses strength and your own strength will prevail. I am sure your web site has been a great comfort for you....keep writing as it is also the tool that heals. Well done... Love, Marilyn
This Poem was Critiqued By: Kenneth R. Patton On Date: 2007-08-14 07:27:21
Critiquer Rating During Critique: 1.00000
Hi Debbie, if there's anything I've learned it's that poetry heals and nothing is incorrect as long as it is true to the author. Sometimes when I'm writing about very personal matters I find that rhyming brings a level of safety. This poem is meant to be indentified with and I'm sure that many, many people can and do. Thanks for submitting this. KenP
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