When I was introduced to Facilitated Communication in my early 30’s, it not only allowed me to express my thoughts and feelings for the first time, but it also opened up a whole new world of personal and creative expression. Gradually the multitude of stories and ideas that had been bottled up inside me for so long have been unleashed. I had been writing stories in my head from a young age and to finally have the ability to share them has been an incredibly powerful experience.
A big part of my creative expression has come through my poetry and prose writings, encouraged and facilitated in part through my activities with the Brotherhood of the Wordless.
As with my art, my earlier poetic works were greatly influenced by my traumatic experiences of abuse in a care facility and capture the raw pain and distress of that difficult time. But as self-expression, creativity and time have brought healing and renewal, you can also see a lighter side to me, especially my quirky sense of humour.
My poems have allowed me to share more of my story, my feelings, thoughts, hurts and happiness.
The following is a selection of my poems, with brief explanations where appropriate. Enjoy!
I wrote the following two poems with my Speech Pathologist shortly after I left a care facility in 2002 where I was physically, sexually and emotionally abused. I needed to talk a great deal about my traumatic experiences and could not always speak to my parents because it was too…Read more