Written for Worthing Churches Homeless Project and displayed on Worthing Pier 2013
The unspoken issue…….
Silent in the shadows
Unknown and unheard
Covered in shame.
I’m the guy, the strength.
The one who protects and cares for her….
The woman, the vulnerable
The one who needs and wants and responds
That’s how it’s meant to be.
In the sunlight of our days it was so.
She my love, became my wife
Shared hopes, plans, dreams
Bought a house and built a home together
Shared a future in our hearts.
But then the shadows,
Lurking always there
If I had dared to see them…….
Blotted out the sun and snatched away those dreams.
Anger crashed into our world
Manipulative and violent
Tearing at the tender bonds of attachment
Breaking down the carefully constructed framework of respect
Battering the walls of security that made our home safe
And demolishing the love and the life we had………..
Crumbling to dust, past, present and future in one crazy moment………
Lost my way and became a victim ………..
As I tried to defend myself against the violence
That threatened to destroy me.
Now, this man, who cared and hoped and loved…….
Homeless, jobless, a police record to his name
Found guilty and sentenced
Sits with injustice as his daily companion
Vulnerable, he waits in the queue for his life to change,
Plans for the day when he can build again……..
A world that is his
A world that is safe
A world that has purpose
A world that makes sense of the pain and injustice of now…………
And hopes for a new world tomorrow.