My Dearest Melanie

Poem below..

During my own recovery from childhood sexual abuse. I was asked to speak with a young girl whom had just been molested.

Her parents, whom were two of my very best friends were devastated to say the least and did not know where to turn.

They had asked me if there was one piece of advice that I could tell Melanie, what would it be? I replied, "Tell, Melanie she's innocent, it was not her fault. She did nothing wrong".

Later that same day, I sat and listened to Melanie as she struggled to tell her story. As she told her story, I found myself dissociating as there were triggers, that kicked in for me. Having known, Melanie and her family for sometime, this was one of the hardest things I had ever been asked to do. This one had extreme emotional ties for me. I felt at a loss to help either Melanie or her parents, because of my own issues that I was still working through at that time.

I went to bed that evening and in the middle of night, I awoke at different intervals and wrote down sentences that came to my mind. In the morning I looked over at what I had written and realized this was a message for Melanie. Looks like my subconscious worked through the night to help us both. I hand delivered this poem to Melanie the following day.

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

brilliant and so touching poem, it is always refreshing to hear stories of surviving emotional traumas, you are a caring lady and we all hope Melanie will be like you, How is she? Are you still in touch with her?? Take care, Maita


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks so much for you comment and questions regarding mel. Melanie is grown, married and has two beautiful daughters of her own. Every year she updates me with a picture Christmas card.

Melanie was fortunate enough to have had the courage to continue to speak out against abuse. She used her experience as a gift, to raise awareness amongst her peers.

Sage


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Tammy Lochmann 6 years ago

Beautiful poem. I love to see it when someone can turn a horrible crime against them into something positive. There are so many people who do not have the strength to do this. Thank you for sharing this.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks so much for you wonderful comment. You are absolutely right. I couldn't agree with you more.

Sage


seasoning 6 years ago

oh that was absolutely brilliant...... the best poems come in the night...... your thought process seems to sort it out as you sleep...... Lucky Melanie to have someone as you, to help her


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks so much for reading and for your sweet comments. This was the first time that I had written a poem during the night. However, it has been my experience when struggling with the unknown to just place it in the back of my mind and the answers will eventually come.

Thanks so much, you comment is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

This is a very heartfelt hub. Thanks for sharing your empathy for others.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment on this hub. It is greatly appreciated!

Sage


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Touching poem. I'm glad Melanie had you!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks so much habee, your comment is so sweet.

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fishtiger58 6 years ago from Momence, Illinois

Beautiful I hope it helps Melanie.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Melanie was grateful.

Sage


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

Thankyou so much for such an uplifting and touching hub. Your poetry is lovely too at the end. I hope Melanie is somehow putting the experience behind her, and you too. It's a terrible thing to go through. I have a friend who had a similar experience.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Sorry Cheeky Girl - I didn't see your comment. A really terrific one, none the less. Thanks so much for you kind words. Recovery is a great thing and yes you move on. But you never forget. The experience itself becomes integrated as a part of your life and you accept it as so.

The after affects, are and always will be a challenge.

Thanks again,

Sage


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I love your poem. It's very real- from life. Words come and fill our heads and when they do "everyone should write them down so they don't get in the way of the other words and thoughts that are coming. Thanks for writing and hubbing!

"I pray you'll find courage to continue to speak."

"I pray that all will find courage to continue to speak."

This is all we have I think. We have truth as we find it. We have a way to communicate what our spirit is- what we have come to know. Thanks


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Micky Dee - Once again, your comment speaks from the heart. Your words ring ever so true with me. It seems as though all my life I have been in search of the truth.

I hear you loud and clear. Thanks for reading and commenting. It is always greatly appreciated!

Sage


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

What a wonderful Hub and the poem is quite stunning, really! Your insight is uplifting and I'm sure Melanie has gained much comfort from you and is better able to cope because of that.

Thanks for caring so much for others through your own pain.

Love and peace

Tony


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Tony - Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. Your comment is warm, tender and genuinely heartfelt.

Sage


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Sage, That is such a beautifully written hub and that poem was perfect. Maybe God was prompted your subconscious that night as the poem is truly inspired.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Pamela, Thanks so much for reading and commenting. One of the many things I learned throughout my recovery was, when I didn't have the answer about something I would just place it in the back of my mind and sooner or later the answer would come.

Trusting in the process was the key for me; sooner or later the answers would be revealed. In this particular case it came very soon and through out the entire night.

God works in mysterious ways.

Hugs to you,

Sage


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

I can't imagine how it must have felt to have such a terrible thing happen to a child that you knew, especially when it also had happened to you. The sorrow and the fury must have been overwhelming, that's why you had that disassociate state. But I hope that helping her made you feel stronger. The unconscious poem was so heartfelt.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Dolores - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. It was a very difficult time but the poem certainly helped.

Thanks,

Sage


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ripplemaker 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Sage, there is a tug in my heart reading this hub. And I could feel God's love embracing all of us, reminding us of our wonderful being. I am so glad too that you were there for Melanie and knowing where she is right now in her life puts hope back in the heart. May we all have the courage to speak our truth and be free. To healing and love... Blessings.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Ripplemaker -Thanks so much for your beautifully written comment. It was genuinely heartfelt.

Sage


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hi Sage, it is wonderful how rest and trust allows insight to come, even in the night. You have a gift of sharing from the heart that heals and encourages. We would avoid much heartache if we knew each other's triggers and raw spots so we could be gentle around them. As you said, the best way is just to be open and to keep sharing our feelings. Blessings


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Winsome-I'm relishing in your words of compassion and understanding. Thanks so much for your heartfelt comment. It is truly appreciated!

Sage


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

Wow. I'm so glad that I found this hub of yours to read. You did a very good thing on so many levels. This poem was perfect under the circumstances. Hats off to you for helping Melanie. This poem is amazing to say the least.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

dohn-Wow! thanks so much. Your comment means the world to me and is genuinely heartfelt. Thanks so much.

Sage


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Hokey 6 years ago from In the energy.

I'm speechless.


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Thanks Hokey, Your comment is heartfelt!


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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, that was a lovely poem. I am sure she still appreciates it even now. Nell


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Nell - thanks for your comment, I am sure Melanie does. It meant a lot to her.

Sage


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Oh Sage how did I miss this one? What a beautiful poem, I really hope it touched her heart. How could it not? Love u Sage. xo


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

blondepoet - thanks so much for your wonderful comment. She was deeply touched.

Thanks so much,

Sage


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Beautiful poem, I enjoyed reading it :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

Coolmon - thanks so much for stopping by.

Sage


granny's house 6 years ago

wow, that was agreat poem. You are a great writter


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

granny's house - how sweet of you to stop by and comment.

Many thanks,

Sage


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sofs 6 years ago

Sage Williams I just noticed your comments on some hubs and decided to check you out.. and here I am,

I was reminded of this scripture as I read your awesome poem..

2 Cor 1 :3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,

4 who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

How true, how awesome indeed, he is faithful to his word..continue to be the consolation and strength to those like Melanie... May God bless you abundantly!


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Sage Williams 6 years ago Author

sofs - Thanks so much for reading and for your comforting words. There is no doubt that I was embraced with pure love and my plea was answered.

Bless you,

Sage


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Beautifully written and such a tragic story.


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Sage Williams 5 years ago Author

Phoebe Pike

Thanks for your heartfelt comment and thanks so much for stopping by.

Sage


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What a wonderful gift you gave. Beautifully written and so true--our feelings, as hard as they can be, never lie to us--and always steer us true--Thank you for such a beautiful reminder of that--


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Sage Williams 4 years ago Author

Audrey

Thanks so much for your stopping by and commenting. Your kind and heartfelt words are greatly appreciated.

Sage


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itakins 4 years ago from Irl

Empathy at its very best.Such a very beautiful poem .


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Sage Williams 4 years ago Author

iatkins - Thanks so much for taking the time and for leaving such a heartfelt comment.

Sage


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Sage Williams 4 years ago Author

Iatkins,

Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a heartfelt comment.

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