She sat at the back and they said she was


She led from the front and they hated her


They asked her advice and then questioned her guidance

They branded her loud then were shocked by her silence

When she shared no ambition, they said it was


So she told them her dreams and they said she was mad

They told her they’d listen then covered their


And gave her a hug whilst they laughed at her


And she listened to all of it thinking she


Be the girl they told her to be best as she


But one day she asked what was best for


Instead of trying to please everyone


So she walked to the forest and stood with the


She heard the wind whisper and dance with the leaves

And she spoke to the willow, the elm and the


And she told them what she’d been told time after time

She told them she felt she was never enough

She was either too little or far, far too much

Too loud or too quiet, too fierce or too weak

Too wise or too foolish, too bold or too meek

Then she found a small clearing surrounded by


And she stopped and she heard what the trees said to her

And she sat there for hours not wanting to


For the forest said nothing, it just let her



The beautiful picture is by Siski Kalla from our children’s book of this poem

And the poem itself is also in the collection Talking to the Wild

Author: GreatCosmicMothersUnited

I have joined with many parents affected with the surreal , yet accepted issue of child abuse via Pathogenic Parenting / Domestic abuse. As a survivor of Domestic Abuse, denial abounded that 3 sons were not affected. In my desire to be family to those who have found me lacking . As a survivor of psychiatric abuse, therapist who abused also and toxic prescribed medications took me to hell on earth with few moments of heaven. I will share my life, my experiences and my studies and research.. I will talk to small circles and I will council ; as targeted parents , grandparents , aunts , uncles etc. , are denied contact with a child for reasons that serve the abuser ...further abusing the child. I grasp the trauma and I have looked at the lost connection to a higher power.. I grasp when one is accustomed to privilege, equality can feel like discrimination.. Shame and affluence silences a lot of facts , truths that have been labeled "negative". It is about liberation of the soul from projections of a alienator , and abuser ..

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