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THE SURVIVING DEAD

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THE SURVIVING DEAD

Everyone ask her why she has guarded her soul,
why she won't let herself lose control.
Her secrets kept hidden way beyond our sight,
let me take you back to that horrible night.
She was young and wild, a heart built by fun,
she was too young to be drinking with the older ones. 
At 14 she should have stayed in her bed,
but, that night she learned a lesson instead.
Too strong of liquor, and no responsible adult,
left her young self open to an unwanted assult.
She doesn't remember how she even got to her room,
I guess those events are casted out, leading to doom.
When she awoke, she wasn't innocent anymore,
The proof of that, was on top of her on the floor.
No she didn't scream or fight, she didn't even tell,
She just let a part of her soul get sent to hell.
She laid there several nights, when he would return,
and never complained, just let the tears give her eyes a burn.
What happened to her? What finally set her free?
she built a wall around her shame, so noone could see.
When the truth came out upon an open eye,
She let them think she wanted it, though it was a lie.
Noone protected this girl, noone hugged her or held her hand,
Not because they didn't love her but, because she knew they wouldn't understand.
She allowed them to blame her and call her bad names,
all of which just added to her shame.
She cried alone in the dead of the night,
wore a scarlet letter in the daylight.
Even her mother, believed her to be,
and she casted judgement for, shame is all she could see.
This is why she can't open her heart,
this is why she is always falling apart,
This is why she can't let you in,
because, she has taken credit for an unspeakable sin.
Several years her senior, and almost double her hieght,
that man got away with what he did all those nights.
There is no desire in her heart to report the crime,
Of the murder of a child after all this time.
Some say rape isn't a serious offense,
but, it is the worst of murders, the murder of innocence 
Forever its victim is alert and watching all about,
because, trust becomes something they simply live without.
She will never tell you the whole story, for she is so ashamed,
thats why my friends, I won't say her name.
Dear friends, please keep these words in the back of your head,
"ALL RAPE VICTIMS ARE JUST 'THE SURVIVING DEAD'"

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  1. Date: 7/17/2013 4:58:00 PM
    Your writing really touching.as I was reading I didn't know when my eyes got laced with cold tears...my heart shaken for such horror ...has from now on,am an ambassador for kick against rape

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 7/17/2013 8:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you very much for your kind words, I am honored that you were touched so much by this piece that you wanted to help. thank you for visiting. Katei
  1. Date: 5/26/2013 4:05:00 PM
    Katei....thanks for stopping by my political poem...our voices bring truth and light to shadows...very well penned!...jimbo

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 5/28/2013 12:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Jimbo, I enjoy having you visit, Katei
  1. Date: 4/21/2013 1:26:00 AM
    this poem should be read by everyone to know what horror a rape victim goes through.the last line is on the spot.kudos to your write.

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/22/2013 11:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for that, I apprecate the fact that you felt what I was trying to convey..... thanks for reading also, Katei
  1. Date: 4/15/2013 9:07:00 PM
    Kathryn, Congratulations with your winning secret poem In Judy's " tell me your secret " contest.. thank you for sharing :-) :-) :-). Always & Forever * PD

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/15/2013 9:17:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much! I always love when you visit! =D
  1. Date: 4/15/2013 1:50:00 PM
    Wow!!! I'm blown over by the emotion so well portrayed in your piece. I love your "murder of innocence" phrase. Well done on your superb win, Kathryn. :)

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/15/2013 4:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you, your words are greatly appreciated as well as your visit.
  1. Date: 4/15/2013 7:40:00 AM
    I don't have words to describe the feeling this brings...I'd say bitterly painful, but that doesn't quite do justice. Its a deserving win.

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/15/2013 9:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thats a fairly close description of the emotions i put into it, thanks for that....... and also the vist. :)
  1. Date: 4/14/2013 1:26:00 PM
    Kathryn , this is a very touching poem, makes one sad, but very beautifuly written. However, even the surviving dead can can come back to the joys of life, Love is a wonderful cure, and sorry for the cliche, but time can cure all wounds. Thank you so much for sharing this one :)

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/14/2013 5:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your words, they are kind. I agree love makes things better, but something so horrible isn't so easily repaired nor does time cure it enitrely just makes you stronger so you can better deal with it/ hide it..... I appreciate your visit and also your complment =D
  1. Date: 4/14/2013 10:14:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win kathryn! Very nicely written... Samia

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/14/2013 5:51:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    thank you very much for the congrats and the visit
  1. Date: 4/14/2013 12:15:00 AM
    Wonderful narration... Though, so sad. Life must goes on... Congrats on your deserving win... Well done~A.O

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/14/2013 5:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for the congrats and the compliment. Katei
  1. Date: 4/13/2013 8:54:00 PM
    Thank you for entering my contest

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/13/2013 9:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I appreciate that truly but, the pleasure is mine. Katei
  1. Date: 4/13/2013 8:19:00 PM
    This is well written, but very sad. Only God can release her from this pain and suffering. Believe me - I understand this very well. May God bless you and keep you safe... Lucilla

    ramirez Avatar kathryn ramirez
    Date: 4/13/2013 9:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Lucilla, It is always a pleasure to have you visit