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02 September 2011 @ 01:16 pm
Quan Yin--Prayer for the Abuser  
To those who withhold refuge,
I cradle you in safety at the core of my Being.
To those that cause a child to cry out,
I grant you the freedom to express your own choked agony.
To those that inflict terror,
I remind you that you shine with the purity of a thousand suns.
To those who would confine, suppress, or deny,
I offer the limitless expanse of the sky.
To those who need to cut, slash, or burn,
I remind you of the invincibility of Spring.
To those who cling and grasp,
I promise more abundance than you could ever hold onto.
To those who vent their rage on small children,
I return to you your deepest innocence.
To those who must frighten into submission,
I hold you in the bosom of your original mother.
To those who cause agony to others,
I give the gift of free flowing tears.
To those that deny another’s right to be,
I remind you that the angels sang in celebration of you on the day of your birth.
To those who see only division and separateness,
I remind you that a part is born only by bisecting a whole.
For those who have forgotten the tender mercy of a mother’s embrace,
I send a gentle breeze to caress your brow.
To those who still feel somehow incomplete,
I offer the perfect sanctity of this very moment.

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Mari Adkinsmariadkins on September 2nd, 2011 10:56 pm (UTC)

I just finished reading this, Telling Christina Goodbye, by Lurlene McDaniel. It's about a senior in high school who has an abusive boyfriend and near the beginning of the book dies in a car accident with him behind the wheel. It brings into sharp focus death, guilt, blame, and healing. McDaniel did a great job with it, and I'd like to read more of her books. When I read her biography, and it said, "writes inspirational books for teens," I was kinda wary - afraid I'd end up being preached at but never was.

I've been trying to get my hands on as much current (within the last ten years) young adult fiction as I can. One of my friends triple dog dared me to try my hand at writing some - and I took the dare because I'd been turning the idea over in my mind anyway. YA is the fastest growing market right now, too. Publishers and kids are begging for books.

I noted that the majority of the books I've been picking up are from Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schultser (sp?). I was shocked to see that one of them had been printed originally in 1942 - and then had been reprinted by SP in 2002. The only thing different about then and now, imho, was that the families had gardens in their backyards, the kids drank beer at the roadhouse, and only the drug stores and department stores had air conditioning. Otherwise, the story is pretty much timeless. This is that book.