A RASASC survivor has written a poem to help process some of their thoughts and feelings following their rape.
Poetry, alongside other forms of creativity can help the mind process complex trauma, such as the trauma caused by rape or sexual abuse.
By writing and expressing feelings, the mind can begin to process what has happened.
*Trigger warning – poem could be distressing for some readers*
Your name leaves a bitter dry taste of soot and ash in my mouth
So much so I refuse to say it
I use soap to mask the filth as the vowels roll off the tip of my tongue
Wishing I could just remove the muscle pattern from my memory and capability
So you wouldn’t have to exist anymore.
Disgust is an understatement when I think about the plague you infected my city with.
You crashed down upon my temple
A powerful force disrupting the natural order
You cursed my request when I asked you to be gentle
Causing my mind to crumble into disorder
You defiled my deities and let them fall
And made a mockery of my belief
And then I was tired after giving my all
I yielded and accepted defeat.
One day flowers will bloom again
In this diseased wasteland you have sought
The pain and the suffering will come to an end
And behold my powerful mighty fort
For I will not allow this to be my fate
For I still hold the thought
That I cannot be run on passion and hate.
For spite is simply something that is taught.
To find out more about how creativity can help process trauma, visit Mind’s website.