Persephone and the Death Inflicting Figure

Persephone

I  use the words of the famous poet William Blake to inspire hope in all such victims: “Little Lamb God bless thee”

She became pregnant in adolescence, a victim of a trusted adult.  Like Persephone another maiden was snatched from innocence by a death inflicting figure. Was she another victim doomed to become a prisoner of the underworld of life? Research shows that victims of childhood sexual abuse are set up to be long term victims. Some even become prone to sexual re-victimization (Fergusson, Howard and Lynky, 1997). High rates of depression thoughts of suicide, and dependence on drugs or alcohol become some of the scars of their world. It is my prayer that the gates that imprison of this little lamb are broken.

Generally, there seems to be no one to bless Blake’s “Little Lambs” for Justice seems to have abdicated this duty for which it was enthroned.  Justice has abdicated  even from the highest courts of our land when our teenage victims are not believed, and their tale deemed less credible than those of Hades even when “Hecate” and “Helios” support  Persephone/ the victim’s tale. Consistently, the report of the death inflicting figure is believed thus positioning the darker side of our society as inviolable. To  maintain a  facade that all is well society makes the choice to ignore its underbelly of rottenness. Humanity  must save face and so it chooses to err on the side of the loudest speaker and those with political influence.

The issue of child abuse is remote phenomena until it comes home to roost . When it happened to a childhood friend’s daughter the remoteness of the phenomena  evaporated,  and it hurt like crazy. My pain gave birth to the poem, “I Did not Know” .

“I Did not Know” and similar poems can be found in my book Splendor from Ashes

Brenda fixed my book cover

15 thoughts on “Persephone and the Death Inflicting Figure

  1. Abuse: We often believe that if it does not touch us personally, it is not our problem. So we close our eyes, pretending it doesn’t exist… Then we discover that it is happening all around us… It is a taboo… there is so much shame around it. What if we would start to talk about it more openly? Thank you for bringing it up and starting the conversation 🙂

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  2. Child abuse is real and many people turn away from it like it doesn’t exist. It’s inspiring to see people like you who bring awareness to this horrible issue. Great post!

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  3. Child abuse is an issue that needs more people talking about it. I think many people think it’s something that only happens in bad neighborhoods. But it happens everywhere and we can’t start to heal it until we really begin exposing the problem.

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  4. This such a tough and sensitive issue to tack but its SO important. You’re right, people are willfully ignorant to whats really happening because if they paid attention, they’d be obligated to do something. Sadly people get more outraged over animal abuse than they do about children being raped. It really turns my stomach. Thank you for being a voice for those that dont have one of their own

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  5. Powerful, deep, and much-needed. You and your book were created for such a time as this. Praying abundant blessings over you!

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