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I have lived a difficult life. I was molested when I was a child. I have known abuse almost my whole life. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. Until recently I only knew how to shove my emotions down and run away from the difficult things. Now I have discovered the gift of writing. While I write for myself I also do it for others in hopes that I may share hope and light in some way. I hope that my writings resonate with others that those who feel alone and not understood will know that they are not alone and that at least in some way, they are understood.

Sample (Drowning Pt. 1)

I’m floating on the surface of the sea. The waves and winds they carry me further from the shore of my security. Out here drifting on my own not knowing where the tides will take me, I’m finding peace in the overwhelming fear. What of the unknown? It’s not my place to find it out, to turn my mind inside out with anxiety over what I am unable to control.

Sample (Oh, LIttle One)

Today I feel a stranger in my own skin. Plunged backward into an old, familiar feeling. Trapped inside my body, I’m not in control. This nightmare has returned home again to the comfort of the darker places of my mind, where a shroud hangs over my eyes and my heart is drowned in sticky blackness. Today I do not know where I’ve gone. Retreated to the recesses of that still, safe place where my consciousness hides tucked away from harm and love alike. Where are my bearings? I don’t know up from down, nor east from west. I have no sense of depth or being. The ringing in my ears is my only companion.

All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.

Blog entries by Shehariah

I know (15/01/2022)

like an all consuming fire (12/11/2021)

No Respite (07/07/2021)

untitled (07/07/2021)

Jonah (07/07/2021)

all these broken pieces (31/05/2021)

Separate and Sanitize (25/05/2021)

the blade (11/05/2021)

Undercurrent (15/03/2021)

Cadaver (15/03/2021)

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Fri 28th May 2021 04:27

Vautaw, thank you, friend. It's comforting to know there are those who understand.

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Fri 28th May 2021 04:26

Flavia, thank you for tour kind words. I am going to read the two poems you mentioned. I trust that all I have endured will be used for good to reach those who have known suffering and turmoil. If my words can help bring hope and healing to others then it was worth it. I'm glad that you enjoyed reading my work. ☺️

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Thu 8th Oct 2020 01:50

Stunning poetry you have shared here Shehariah. From one survivor to another, writing is the most healing ointment I have found to help us and others. Write on! ~ V

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Flavia Gordon

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 00:35

Hello Shehariah,

After reading through your poems I felt compelled to leave a comment here. I would just like to say that there are only two other pieces of work that has touched me the way they have...Tracy Chapman's "Remember the Tinman" and Andrew Solomon's description of depression in the "Noonday Demon".
They are eloquent and has such clarity. It is as though you have unknotted my every thought and emotion and rolled the yarn into a perfectly formed sphere. I feel and relate to every word.

Thank you!?

(I am sorry for all you have had to endure)

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Tue 21st Jul 2020 19:58

Thank you, Cynthia.

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Tue 21st Jul 2020 16:30

Welcome to WOL.

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Tue 21st Jul 2020 02:53

Nicola, that is how I used to live, and I was really good at it. Now I’m learning to live vulnerably and honestly with myself and the ones around me.

Nicola Beckett

Mon 20th Jul 2020 04:47

Tucked away from love and harm and hurt alike x

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Sun 19th Jul 2020 03:53

Shifa, you are very welcome. And I’m glad to hear that. You are a talented poet. And thank you again for your kind words.

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Shifa Maqba

Sat 18th Jul 2020 11:13

Hi Shehariah! Just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank you for reviewing so many of my poems in less than a day. Your encouraging remarks are much appreciated!

That being said, your poems are highly impressive. The vulnerability, the melancholy your art exudes is unmatched! Very raw, authentic and haunting. More power and light to you!

I'll always be looking forward to indulging in your future work.

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Sat 18th Jul 2020 05:09

Po, you are very encouraging. You have huge talent and to read your kind words is very uplifting for me. Thank you for your welcome.

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