Then & Now

I’ve been the neglected child
A witness to her mother’s
depression and disconnect

I’ve been the abused child
The victim of her father’s
addictions and violence

I’ve been the sexually assaulted girl
Used and broken my a boy
pretending to be a man

I’ve been the suicidal girl
on the verge of taking her last
breath
Carrying her pain alone to her grave

And now

I’m the woman finding strength
inside herself to
heal who she once was

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