Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Headline Poem 1/22/14 -- call of courage

Tonight I wrote this poem about a 28-year-old-woman who called and confronted her former basketball coach and teacher she claims started sexually abusing her when she was 12 years old, and a student at a Riverside middle school. The accuser recorded the conversation on her phone, and posted a video on YouTube. The video has gone viral, the now assistant principal has resigned, and the investigation is ongoing. Today, a second victim came forward. 

call of courage

her hands shook 
as she made the call
she had been waiting to make 
for 16 years
she wanted no other children violated
by the disgusting 
and manipulative 
woman 
who took her childhood 
and left her 
with nothing
but a long-paused regret 
and the admission of wrong