Rosalie's Poem: The Voyage

August 16, 2018

Everyday we are inspired by the stories, voices, strength, and resiliency of the clients we walk alongside and the survivors who feel called to make a difference and eagerly help pave a new, different path for others who may be experiencing abuse in a marriage or relationship by sharing their knowledge and experience. 

This poem was written and shared by ‘Rosalie’, a survivor of domestic abuse staying in Safe Harbor’s Greenville emergency safe shelter.


THE VOYAGE

STRANDED ON A JOURNEY

NO CHOICE, I MUST TAKE

NOW YIELDED IN SHAME

FROM MISTAKES THAT I MAKE

 

WHAT IS MY DESTINY

WHERE CAN IT BE

IS IT SAFE IN A BOTTLE

LEFT DRIFTING TO ME?

 

STORMS IN THE HORIZON

EACH WAVE AT MY FEET

MY ANCHOR IS CAUGHT

BY THE MURK IN THE DEEP

 

THUNDEROUS CLOUDS

IMMERSED IN THE SKY

LOST IN THE TWILIGHT

DESTINED TO DIE

 

AIMLESSLY DRIFTING

NO ESCAPE FROM THE NIGHT

EACH CRASHING WAVE

THIS VESSEL CAN’T FIGHT

 

CAN’T LET THIS OCEAN CONSUME ME

MUST FIND COURAGE AND STRENGTH

THIS SHIP WILL SURVIVE

TO A HARBOR THAT’S SAFE

 

SAILS LIFTED HIGH

CARESSED BY THE WIND

THE BREEZE GENTLY GUIDES ME

NEW PASSAGE, MY FRIEND

 

RESCUED, REDEEMED

DELIVERED AT SEA

NOW THE VOYAGE CONTINUES

DESTINED BY ME

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused...

I am a survivor of domestic violence.


“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth

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