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Sit with me, she whispered,
Help me gather the strength to take my footsteps onwards, out of these tangled webs.

Rest in downy softness my sweet one, take each breath, inhale the kindness, listen with compassion.

For each petal you shed in doubt, a new one shall flourish,
When your body is surrounded by swirling darkness,
the light is there besides you, fighting the battles inside that plague the mind into uncertainty.

I witness your search for answers,
For clarity,
To unlock the secrets of the past,
Sometimes, it is not in our dimension to understand all that was.
The interwoven threads that bind are inherently strong,
They may seem inseparable, a part of you deeply entwined from shadows of stories given,
It is not a flaw to have been bound by silence, for a fearful heart takes time to heal,
You are no longer encumbered by spinning strands –

Your voice has broken each layer, one by one,
In truth,
Through darkness,
With courage.

You have given colour to the fabric adorned upon you and shone the beacon for others,
In times of weariness, allow these thoughts to resonate with tenderness.

Your life holds special value, an important place in this world.

Far and wide, there are many who stand with you.
You may ponder who will carry you through, but know this –

It has always been you.

© Written by Elizabeth Shane – CSA Survivor (From Behind the Mask)
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Elizabeth Shane

About Elizabeth Shane

Elizabeth Shane is an author, poet, mother, community volunteer, survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA). Before writing her first book, 'Silhouette of a Songbird’, Elizabeth had never read or written any poetry. Her previous counsellor suggested finding a hobby as an outlet which Elizabeth did somewhat reluctantly, joining a community choir. To her surprise, singing in choir had such a positive impact on her mental health, it encouraged Elizabeth to try other creative avenues taking up singing lessons, drama and creative writing to help improve her lack of confidence. With encouragement and support from her drama teacher, Elizabeth began to explore poetry as a creative tool to express all the bottled-up feelings, anger and pain she struggled to articulate as a child through to adulthood. As well as giving talks about her lived experiences, supporting charities and organisations through writing, podcasts and speaking engagements, Elizabeth received letters from members of the Royal Family in response to offering her book for their charitable causes. Elizabeth uses her poetry to give strength and hope for all those who are searching to make sense of a traumatic past, to empower others to have a voice and right to be heard. She continues to raise awareness of the complexities and impact of childhood trauma to break the stigma and silence around difficult conversations, including the benefits of creative arts. Elizabeth also loves to explore the humorous side of day to day living, writing comedic verse as a way of navigating some of life's trials and tribulations, with her new book, A Poet’s View of Life, Laughter and a Little Dash of Mischief.

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