Victim

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Shrinking, wilting,
pulled into a darkness that is withdrawing.
Victim.

Waiting, counting,
trapped in days that end with cowering.
Victim.

Managed, ravaged,
stuck with a label that says you’re damaged.
Victim.

Scorned, ignored,
living a life where you’re already mourned.
Victim.

Striver, fighter,
realizing it takes someone special to be a survivor.
Victim.

Defiant, self-reliant,
Recognizing survival strengths are your finest.
Victim
no more.

©December 2016, Christina Anne Hawthorne

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