Shelter Girl

Shelter Girl
Falling into the “and then some” category of this blog it never hurts to put this out there as a stark reminder or a source for help…
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The day she came
to the shelter
She was a sight
for sore eyes.
Children in tow
a half-packed bag,
Evidence of having
left in a hurry.
 ~
The first order
of business,
Hugs and comforting,
Then hearing her
story, spilled with
heartbreak and tears.
~
He had unclothed her
with relentless criticism,
Made her bleed,
Inside and out,
But there had been
nothing remarkable
about him or his opinion,
Because he had never cured
any of her so-called
Imperfections.
 ~
Somehow she had found
that one remaining sparkle,
That last glimmer of hope,
Bringing her to this place of
warm hearts and helping hands.
She learned this was not her fault,
That the so-called imperfections
Were all his…
 ~
© 2013 DiAnne Ebejer
I did volunteer work at a Shelter.
Warm and helping hands do await.
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About DiAnne Ebejer

I am retired and live on the East coast of Florida where I spend much of my time reading, playing with photography and trying to write some "poetry and then some" at dianneebejer.wordpress.com. I care deeply about many things and wish there was much more love and compassion in this world today. I also have a part time blog "Thought You Might Like This" diannesthingsat.wordpress.com used for special projects and occasional things of interest
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23 Responses to Shelter Girl

  1. Reblogged this on On The Plum Tree and commented:
    This is such an insightful piece about Domestic Violence. It is a subject about which I feel passionate. So many children exist within an atmosphere of violence. Thank you, DiAnne for another great post.

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    • Thank you Niamh for reblogging this. I know you are quite passionate about this subject and while it’s not a pleasant subject to write about it is one that we need to bring attention to as it is such a devastating problem for so many.

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  2. Go change SA says:

    Reblogged this too, wow thanks for sharing your heart with us.

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  3. Excellent post! Domestic violence cripples society and is one of the true evils that hold us all back.

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  4. You are so right but it can be done and I have seen it happen and when it does it’s the most rewarding thing ever to witness. Thank you for commenting.

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  5. Powerful poem DiAnne — even more so knowing you worked in a shelter. I worry about those who never make it to the shelters.

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    • Thank you Patricia and yes, sadly there are many of those. That’s why we have to keep getting the message out that there is help so that hopefully it won’t come to that.

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      • DiAnne, Know this is about domestic violence, but it’s also a form of homelessness. I have a very hard time finding books for children and youth on the subject of homelessness. I found one YA novel “Ivy Homeless in San Francisco.” And a short series of picture books written by Ralph da Costa Nunez (but they feature animals/sea urchins). Anyone out there searching for a subject to write on– this is a good one that would be helpful to kids and families who are homeless due to a variety of reasons, including hurricanes.

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  6. objonesmsw13 says:

    Reblogged this on End Violence Against Women and commented:
    While trying to find similar blogs to my own, I came across this poem. “Shelter girl” really gives perspective on the reality of domestic violence.

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  7. objonesmsw13 says:

    Powerful poem, I reblogged this as well.

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  8. johncoyote says:

    Woman must have a safe havens. I remember as a child. My mother was assisted in her time of need. Thank you for the poem.

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  9. Reblogged this on the secret keeper and commented:
    This an innovative poem & quite touching. Violence is too prevalent & invisible. But maybe not so much any more. We need to keep shouting out with the voices we have that Violence has to End. It is true that Domestic Violence does create homelessness. One doesn’t necessarily go to that point when this subject comes to the fore. Great poem DiAnne. And all who commented on your site and those who reblogged. We need to keep the chain of awareness going and spreading it out like a ripple effect. jk Jennifer kiley

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    • Thanks so much for commenting and reblogging Jennifer. I’m very touched by the response received, proof positive that this is a topic people are concerned about and hopefully will reach someone out there in need of help and let them know there are people and organizations that care about them.

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      • Yes, I hope from you poem the ripple effect will really get put into true effect. It is so scary when abuse is happening. You really do think someone is going to die. Now there are places to go that are safe and guarded. jk

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  10. This an innovative poem & quite touching. Violence is too prevalent & invisible. But maybe not so much any more. We need to keep shouting out with the voices we have that Violence has to End. It is true that Domestic Violence does create homelessness. One doesn’t necessarily go to that point when this subject comes to the fore. Great poem DiAnne. Will be reblogging to the secret keeper. It fits the subject of Domestic Violence or anything society had for so long wanted to be kept quiet and especially not talked about above a whisper. jk

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  11. Domestic Violence has always been a touchy topic to discuss. However, it exists and affects many families throughout the world. I enjoyed reading the poem and the feedback shared by many following this blog. I look forward to hearing your analysis on this subject matter and the correlations with pubic policy.

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    • dreamz2realityvcu…Thank you for your comments. I hope the poem wasn’t misleading – this singular poem was indeed about domestic violence but I am in no way, shape or form an expert on the subject and this blog is a poetry blog and is not dedicated to any one subject. As such I won’t be analyzing the subject or addressing public policy on the matter. I’m sure there are plenty of resources/blogs out there that do. Again, sorry if you got the wrong impression from the poem. DiAnne

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