One In Six


Hello reader, just a side note here, I’ll be putting these poems on my podcast in May and discussing my journey. The podcast is KDOI Podcasting click on the link, there is 3 seasons worth of art, discussion, interviews projects and more.

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own dramatic monologue. It doesn’t have to be quite as serious as Browning or Shakespeare, of course, but try to create a sort of specific voice or character that can act as the “speaker” of your poem, and that could be acted by someone reciting the poem.

Please note I’m not representing 1 in 6, a worthy organization that supports men who have been victims of sexual abuse. If you need help or know someone who is struggling with the after effects, please send them that way.


One In Six

15 April 2019

If you are looking for a poster child

for your cause, keep looking

A rubber band of any color on your wrist

does nothing for me and didn’t stop the fiend

I’ve been asked so many times what I want you to do

I have no idea what I want done or if I have a right to ask

I’ve pushed through on my hatred and distrust

new tools my not work as well


Failed attempts to end the pain and shame

continued attempts to numb and deflect

will seeing my tears encourage you to care more

damn I just ran out, guess you’ll have to do it the old fashioned way

pull from somewhere deep, you’ll make it through just like me


There isn’t your average victim/survivor/thriver

we are nomads in this society

lost in the middle of our GPS apps

How dare you ask us to trust, 

when that has been stolen from us

and the fiends have thrust their desires into us

I cannot represent 

Nor would I dream of leading our splintered tribe

Thankfully no one has asked me

But I put the knowledge out there for you


My path barely works for me, scarcely can be called healthy

I know I am on a bloodied thread of my own making

My reasons multiplied to succeed

with My chances at knowing happiness resides in the eyes of my children

Right now I do it for them

one day 

I may dare say

I can do it for me



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