Wednesday, 8 June 2016

The Lonely Journey (June 8, 2016)

My life is
Not a fad
Like the latest
Reality TV show

Is it one
That lacks
Inner strength.

Having enduring
Endless rounds
Of conversion therapy
From society.

Of charge.

Their little
And homophobic hearts.

As I hid
My true self

The dormant seed
That is me
Started to bloom.

Bringing forth
An awareness
Whether or not
I want it.

In learning
To listen to
What my heart
And body
Are telling me.

A healing journey
In which
Numerous painful lessons
Have been forced
To confront.

Upon this path
I walk.

Spreading light
And knowledge
In a valley of darkness
And ignorance.

Therisa © 2016

Author's note As a child, growing up, I was exposed, to many violent acts, of a physical, verbal and psychological nature. Targeting me, due to my effeminate nature, as a perceived "boy", by society, that many people viewed me, as homosexual. Well, they were partly right, just the wrong gender.


  1. I love your spirit and strength which shines through in this poem Therisa. Beautifully penned.

  2. "Bless
    Their little
    And homophobic hearts."

    Irony and humor show a strength under the work, the patience and the commitment to travel our God-given paths. Powerful.

  3. Those who are targeted are much stronger than the bullies who act out of their own inner lack. I wrote on a similar topic today, Therisa. I admire your commitment to your path. One has to be true to oneself, no matter what.

  4. Definitely, your life is not a fad, it is your healing journey. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. One of the worst things one can imagine is for everybody to be identical; "Vive la différence". Let's hope one day you can shed the burden of the past and live the life you are happy with.

  6. "Nor
    Is it one
    That lacks
    Inner strength." the lines reveal the commitment to have a meaningful life....

  7. The commitment to be who you are required more courage in your case than for most of us. The further commitment to be 'out there' educating others seems to me even bigger in some ways, being even more a matter of choice.

  8. conversation therapy - ughhh. Usually it comes from the people who need the therapy. Why is it people are so into fixing others - are we cars or sinks???
    Fine and honest verse.

  9. Taking those steps on your healing journey definitely is a commitment to yourself. We do need that light to be spread in that valley of ignorance.

  10. Robust inner strength! Wonderfully expressed...keep it up:)


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