Poem -

Stepping out of the darkness

Stepping out of the darkness

I spent my life in the shadows
Quietly creeping around
Trying to be invisible
And never making a sound
I managed ok at school
I tried to just blend in
I didn't achieve anything outstanding
Mrs average could never win
Then to work I went
not a ripple in the water
I quietly got married
Had a son and then my daughter
Years passed so quickly
In society I disappeared
if you saw me in the street
you wouldn't notice my mousy hair
I'm nothing much to look at
Just a plain Jane that's me
Going about my business
So ordinarily
Then the day I remember
The day that changed my life
Your suffering with Parkinson
And you'll suffer pain, anguish and striff
All of a sudden I stood out
I couldn't blend in anymore
I noticed I could paint
Right poetry and so much more
At work I have a gift
All of a sudden I now can reach
Other poor souls hiding in the darkness
how to cope, with life, I can teach.
You see I spent so many years hiding
I know my way around well
I know the dark places in their mind
I feel they're living hell
I shine a light and find them
Hold their hand and become a friend
Then I use my own experiences
To free them and help them mend.
I've now stepped out of the darkness
I feel the sun shining on my face
The lifetime of suffering
Will now not go to waste

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Silent Dreamer

I have read the last step of healing is using what hurt you to help others. Now reading this beautiful piece, I can truly see how that is true. I admire and respect people like you so much! More power to you and I loved this amazing piece😊

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Angel

This is so beautifully  written an excellent poem indeed 
wow it is so special all the best to you angel 

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lodigiana

So sorry that you have to go through what you are doing  but what a positive way to deal with all of this! Really admire how you have turned what others might have given up with, into a strong,forceful new lease of life and using it as a force for good..Well done, well written and thank you for sharing! Lodigiana x

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Mandy Hoy

I realised I couldn't change my fate. But I had a drive to make a difference. When I discovered I could get inside someone's head with them and help them. My life then made sense.

I am currently working with a young man with autism. Who was sexually abused as a child, assulted and raped at 14 and 16 and gang raped at 28. When I realised I had done it and i made a connection, it was like winning the lottery. Words can't begin to describe the feeling. 
Given the choice I don't think I would go back now and change a thing. 

Thank you so much for your lovely words xx 

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