It is a story of my life in a poem. I felt a majority of our indigenous women could relate because of the alarming statistics of sexual violence and abuse. I feel healing every time I read the poem. It reminds me of all the stages and feelings I went through after I experienced years of sexual abuse and rape.
My innocence taken and the years of tears and shame and hurt to a point where my roots; my culture helped me rise up. Now I am a new person who experienced something no child should have to experience but I can help others to realize they are not alone and they too can dream and grow into a new wildflower.
I have shared this poem and my story with several youth groups and our native sisters in the SD Women’s Prison and hearing the powerful stories afterwards and requests for copies of the poem has been a blessing especially knowing that I am able to help others heal through these same words.