PTSD Survivor Poetry: ‘Depths of My Heart’

In our ongoing celebration of National Poetry Month, this week’s PTSD poem comes from Denise Boyd…

Depths of My Heart

By Denise Boyd

What do I see in the depths of my heart?
But a child so pure,
innocent and set apart,
Apart from the filth
and innocence robbed,
Apart from the trusting hands
that cradled her soul,
Took her aside and stole
what was not theirs.
Apart from lies and deep secrets untold,
fears of the childhood nightmares continue to unfold.
Open the window and depart I say
Free the bird out of her cage
Give her air, she can’t breathe,
she suffocates from her childhood dreams.

My name is Denise Boyd, I am a Mother, a Wife and a childhood sexual abuse and rape survivor.  I have overcome many obstacles throughout my teenage years, including becoming a single mother at age 19; but those experiences do not define me, they are the experiences that have helped to mold me into the Woman that I am today. I choose to believe that I am a triumphant overcomer and with that, I Thank God for the opportunity to encourage others, not to give up and to demand freedom from their past. I believe it is important for us to TELL OUR STORY so that we can help one another. Why use the name bnewvision? Because I believe that I am on a Healing Journey that will encourage others to “B” about a New Vision for their life. Please follow my Blog at, where I speak candidly about my childhood abuse experiences and share my poetry. Twitter:@bnewvision Denise Boyd ~ bnewvision


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