April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month – having been a victim as a child I wish to spread the word that those of us who have been through trauma like this are not alone and we are stronger than we think!
I’m the little doll on the shelf
the one without the arms;
My face is scuffed,
my mouth’s half gone,
my hair is tattered and worn.
I’m the little dolly on the shelf
The one laying limp on its side;
Half hidden by the other dolls
Who were carefully placed on stands,
neatly posed with pride.
I am the dolly everyone dirtied,
when they kept the special ones safe;
My dress is ripped,
my feet are bare,
my seams are split and no one cares.
Nikki Anne Schmutz decided she wanted to be a writer at the tender age of ten. After that decision, no other career was ever considered… except the one of being a mother. She has been a literary website poetry editor, a magazine editor-in-chief, podcast poetry reciter, administrator of facebook poetry groups, and freelances as a poetry editor. She is also a novelist, produced screenwriter…
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