Poems of Childhood Pain is a very small book with a very large message, it is written for all the clients I have counselled for sexual, mental, physical and emotional abuse.
I write this as a reminder that you are not alone, that many other women, men and children have sadly walked in your shoes.
I write this poetry book in hope that it will help to make abuse more seen and more talked about rather than hid like a dirty rag under the carpet.
When light is shone in the darkness, we can all see what is there, when we become conscious of the things we don’t know exist, we can then choose to either turn a blind eye or stand up and rally against it.
This is my way of standing up for you all and rallying against abuse because no-one deserves to be abused – not even you.
I wish you all well on your individual journeys through all the hate, blame, low self-esteem; through all the un-forgiveness, the suicidal thoughts and intentions and all the rest of the negative emotions that threaten to, and often do overwhelm you.
I wish you all well as you pass through the stages of grief and eventually reach a place of acceptance; not acceptance that makes it ok, but an acceptance of what happened has happened.
I wish you all well as you all embark on a journey of healing. Your story and healing will be the medicine many others need – don’t feel ashamed to share it.
Remember: You are not alone, you are never alone and you still are the beautiful flower you once knew you were, you just need to find your way of making the sun shine again in your own life.
Sharing your pain has helped me to grow in understanding and wisdom, and for that I am eternally grateful. I have heard your pain, seen your pain and felt your pain. We have talked together and at times cried together and although I may no longer be physically present in your life, I will always carry you in my heart – Kenzo
Warning – Some People May Find The Contents of This Book Distressing
To Victims / Survivors of Abuse: If you are a victim/survivor of abuse, whether past or present, do not feel ashamed to seek help. Confide in someone you trust which will probably be really hard for many of you.
Talk to your doctor or other health care practitioner and/or ask to be referred to see a counsellor.
It doesn’t matter how long it has been since the abuse, it is never too late to come forward and seek your healing and find your voice.
This was a challenging book to read as the poems explore the almost taboo subject of child sexual abuse. Its resonation is real and raw. The author does not hide the truth or the impact it has on the abused. The poems are powerful, evocative yet compassionate and so very compelling in their truth and honesty. Susan Marcantonio
There is no denying that these poems are true accounts of abuse, and they go straight to your heart. I am not gonna lie, it was hard to read and speak out loud, pretty much like anything to do with abuse is! But I do hope that this book helps bring more awareness to what is happening around us and gives courage to those who haven’t yet found their voice. You are not alone. Claire Ellery