Survivorship | Teen Ink


April 14, 2018
By lighttodark SILVER, Avon, Indiana
lighttodark SILVER, Avon, Indiana
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Favorite Quote:
“i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you are more than that”
― rupi kaur

They call me a survivor
What does that mean?
Surviving the demons inside my head
The hurricanes of despair
The tumultuous tide that never seems to ebb
Like a Sabine woman, abducted by my own thoughts
Never to return to my former state: irreparable

They say I am never alone
I hear the calls of me too
Over the loud, thumping thoughts in my head
They thump and crash and burn and beat against my skull
Their power is eternal while I am mortal
No one believed me, just like Cassandra
I am not a survivor; I am a hollow shell unable to close

The author's comments:

In this time of sexual violence against women, it is time to stand up for those still suffering from the trauma, rather than brushing sexual assault off as a singular event. This is in solidarity with women who have experienced sexual assault or abuse. 

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