PTSD Survivor Poetry by Allison O.

A Monster Does Dwell: Sequestered (A Poem to My Attacker)

101, 102
103 steps before I come back to you.
104, 105
What does my distance try to hide

No matter time or space
Hour of the Clock
Or dot on the Map

You are the pressure in my head
The lead weight on my chestbone
The presence in my spit
Your presence resurrected
By the sound of summer
Or a scent in the wind
Is the merry-go-round of memories that I live in.

Here, there, backward, freeze-frame.
Clock. Stop.
I am recycling our used air and I need new.
I want to destroy You, but I have absorbed you into my skin.

Allison O. is 31 years old and living in Fallbrook, CA.  She credits yoga for helping her to heal and find a connection back to her body.  Allison is a yoga teacher specializing in hot yoga.  She is also preparing to take the bar exam in July 2012.  She is looking forward to a career in civil rights law. 


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