I reject stifling silence
I will speak truth unflinching
I refuse to smile through gritted teeth
during the rewriting of my history
into a palatable bedtime story for others’ comfort
I will not be polite
or grateful for crumbs
and patronizing pats on the head
I have no use for your pity
Instead, I will join hands with my sisters and brothers
and we shall tell our tales of survival
Rich iron blood shall turn into ink
in fountain pens held in our resolved hands
and will flow across pages
blaze brightly in the night sky
The curators of Blood Into Ink are seeking guest writers to share their stories about the struggles and triumphs faced by trauma survivors. We welcome the writing of women and men who have lived through sexual abuse, rape, physical abuse, emotional abuse, child neglect, emotional abuse, domestic violence and other forms of trauma. We believe that our collective stories have power, are transformative, and that this site can be a beacon in the darkness for those who feel alone in their experiences.
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