by Melissa Martin
11/10/2011 / Self Help
The hands on her Timex watch
On her thirteenth birthday.
The night a well-known stranger
Robbed her body:
And instead left:
Her parent's dismissal of rape
As an act of boyhood exploration
Shattered her safe environment.
The stillness of her Timex
On future birthdays
Triggers soundless memories.
I choose healing.
I choose to live in the present.
I choose the time to heal. I choose now.
Melissa writes about the God and human connection and condition.
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