Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Life Goes On (September 12, 2016)

"The hardest years, the darkest years, the roarin' years, the fallen years 
These should not be forgotten years 
The hardest years, the wildest years, the desperate and divided years 
We will remember, these should not be forgotten years"

Forgotten Years by Midnight Oil (!990)

Have never thought
Of myself
As being brave
Or courageous
Like others
Have told me.

Who is struggling
To understand themselves
And how society see

Have spent
Most of my life
In hiding.

From a violent past
On various fronts
In my life.

Many ways
I feel like
That 7 year old child
Who fled home
On her bike.

As the village boys
Threatened her
With shunning
And violence.

In wanting 
To be
Wonder Woman.

Playing super heroes.

To reemerge
Twenty-eight years later
As an adult.

To fight
A brutal war
On several levels
For my very survival
Over the past 11+ years.

As a person
With true value
And meaning.

Every milestone is
A victory
Over the darkness
In my life.

Therisa © 2016

Author's note: Today (Monday, September 12, 2016), I read about the early death of Alexis Arquette, who died, from complication from AIDS. One of the many daemons that plague my community, like mental illness and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. May we all find true enlightenment and knowledge, for having people, like Alexis, in our lives. Thank you Alexis.


brudberg said...

I actually thought of you when I read the news about Alexis... so many problems, so little knowledge yet. I thought AIDS was a speculation only though.

Therisa's World said...

Either way, a light was dimmed too early, Bjorn, with Alexis' death. Honestly, never thought of myself, as being, someone, who inspires others. Just one another person, who's dealing with life's inequalities.

Debi Swim said...

Your ending is so good... hopeful, strong

SuyashJ said...

Reminds me of a Robert frost quote. Well written :)

Kerry O'Connor said...

So many people face such personal struggles on a daily basis - it is hard to find the strength, sometimes, to carry on.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Every milestone is, indeed, a victory over the darkness in your life........I am so glad you are writing your way through, Therisa.

Therisa's World said...

Thank you, Debi, there are days, which I find myself, struggling to keep afloat, in positive thoughts.

Therisa's World said...

Thank you, SuyashJ. Hope, it was a positive reminder, for you.

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