The Ordeal

(Abridged version of A Field with a Million Crosses)

A field

with a million crosses

where victims of abuse hang

silent,

             unseen,

                       forgotten

Somebody is sobbing ...

God, is that you?

Only a victim can understand

                    the pain of being blamed

by those whose responsibility is

to offer help,

           to provide protection.

Every time a victim is blamed,

            she sinks deeper into despair;

every time a victim is blamed,

the pain inside

becomes unbearable.

The road to healing

is

long and painful;

who will be there with us?

Will anyone be there with us

through it all?

And God said ...

"I will."