Eloise...Thank you, and please don't worry about not responding to my work. I also read more than I am able to respond to, and I imagine most folks here do the same. There is so much exceptional poetry shared on this board every day, one cannot possibly respond to every piece (and still have a life!). I'm glad you enjoyed this one, Eloise.
Parker...thank you, thank you, thank you!
Marge...and again, I must thank you for reading. Your words are much appreciated.
Christie...yes, you have interpreted this poem very perceptively. I did not intend for the end to seem like a "happily ever after" by any means. Instead, I wished to show that there is a degree of hope present, but that my healing is, indeed, a long, slow and difficult struggle of self, and something that can only be realized by giving the little one inside time and space to trust. Thank you, so much, for reading this and responding not only here, but with your "She Carried Dolls." I was able to read it earlier this morning, and did respond, but then had to get away for a bit, into the fresh air, to remind myself that what is "now" is not what was "then." Peace in healing to you, Christie, and thank you.
Liz...thank you, and yes, it is about someone I know...myself. I'm glad you were touched by this piece, Liz. Thanks for reading it.