[Poetry] trigger words

[TW: rape, ptsd, sexual assault, depression]

I was listening to the NPR 1A Podcast this morning, and while the topic was heavy (the outpouring of stories in support of Dr. Ford’s testimony), I was reminded that no survivor is ever truly alone. Space provided for those who wish to read the poem below may do so, and those who cannot may scroll past.

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trigger words

i witness you. Witness me, please.

[his beard scratches my neck]

[twenty years later]

i love you. Love me, please.

[i ask because i cannot demand]

[i ask nicely politely quietly demurely]

i believe you. Believe me, please.

[the silence of isolation is too much]

[i am not okay, i will be okay]

i share your story. Share mine, please.

[let the heavens ring]

[let justice flow down like a mighty river]

breathe.

i remind myself, I remind you.

breathe.

all may not be well, but all shall be well.

all shall be well.

all manner of things shall be well.

[my voice cracks]

[my tears fall]

(hail mary full of love hold us all in grace)