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PTSD Survivor Poetry by Ed Hofert kicked off our celebration of National Poetry Month back at the beginning of April, and now he’s closing out this special series with a very special poem.
I was touched, honored and very shocked when Ed sent me this piece. It represents hope, belief, transformation and the idea that a soul can be released from the darkness back into the light — and move forward to do something meaningful in the world
Thank you, Ed, for this terrific poem that let’s me see me in such a beautiful way….
If you look deep in her eyes you can almost see her soul. Times she tried and times she cried when she had no control.
There were days not long ago life tried to break her will. Listen to me and look and see she is going still.
She went through the worst of it when she felt so alone. Through tears she cried her hope won’t hide just look at how she’s grown.
She looked the devil in his eyes while in her darkest day. But meant to be she did not flee she kept going anyway.
And now through many storms in life with wind and rain unfurled. She chose to stand, to stay, to choose she’s going to change the world.
So should you see her on the street and hear her own hearts cry. Don’t you grieve but still believe an angel just walked by.
In Ed Hofert’s own words…. I am from a small town in Iowa and had railroad tracks running through my backyard.
I was drawn to poetry as a way to express myself like a fly is drawn to potato salad at picnics. I found it impossible to stay away. The first poem ever penned by me was a class assignment to teach us how to write poems and punctuation. It was 5th grade and the poem was about a gold fish that waved goodbye with it’s tail each day as I left for school.
It was the teachers reaction to my poem that kept calling me back to write some more. She was more than pleasantly surprised.
A lot of time has passed since then and It’s only been in the last year and a half I started posting my poems publicly. Quite by accident at first. I was posting to a poetry site that was tagging my face book page. So friends began to investigate what I was up to. The response was overwhelming. Since then I’ve written one book of love poems called HeartWhisperer. Available only through me as self publishing was a learning process. I currently have my second book in the process of being published and it will be available on Amazon. It’s title is Stepping From The Shadows. Even as that is what I’m doing. It’s a collection of 100+ poems from dealing with death to inspiration and humor. Friends have started me a poetry page on face book and it is named after my 1st book. HeartWhisperer Ed Hofert.
I am now doing poetry readings when there is a demand for it and getting increasingly involved in helping people find answers that suffer with PTSD. What some might consider to be living the dream. For me will come when all is well for me and for you. And for that to happen for me you need to be well first.
So on we go.
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