Spirit of Strength
Spirit of strength
At RSVP we salute the strength, courage and resilience of the people that we support. This inspiring and beautiful poem written by Zoe celebrates these qualities and describes her journey to re-discover her voice and use its power to speak out for justice.
You took my dance and you took my song
You took so much while I was so young
You stole my smile and you stole my laugh
The girl I was, you tore her apart
With your cruel words and your violent deeds
Your only thought – to fulfill your needs
You took my trust and you took my care
You made me wish that I wasn’t there
Made me believe for so many years
That what you did was what I deserved
The words I’d carved deep into my skin,
They spoke the truth of who lay within
These words, I now see of who they speak
Of those so cold, disgusting and weak
You’re many faces and many names
But underneath you’re all the same
Cowards and bullies, men with no souls
To hurt and shame – your pathetic goals!
But with all the things you took away
You failed to see what it was you gave
My strength of spirit is thanks to you
My courage and resilience too
And now I can speak of what you’ve done
To you, I will make sure justice comes!
Picture credit – Strength by Colleen McMahon used under a Creative Commons licence.