Physical Manifestations - Self Portrait
Photograph - Digital Photography
I lie to myself
My feet burrowing deep into the sands of denial
But my body reveals the truth
The physical manifestations are clear
The past is resurfacing
With it the fear
Waves of anxiety washing over me
As my appetite ebbs and weaves
Self temporarily lost
Poem by Jaeda DeWalt
ABOUT THIS IMAGE
This is a deeply personal image for me, symbolizing the shame and silent suffering associated with surviving sexual abuse.
I had to wade through the darkness of surviving, an abusive childhood, to come out into the light. I am happy to say i have arrived at a good place in my healing journey. This image, my words, they reflect a time and place, when things were very dark and the pain was difficult to navigate. Pain is a predator, if you run from it, it will hunt you down, face it and it will move through you . . . eventually.
Make your pain productive and you can turn tragedy into triumph.
August 8th, 2010
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