Dear Stanford Rape Victim

You are not a victim
but a survivor.

Victims are paralyzed
survivors find strength
in the pain

You did not ask for this
but now you’re shining,
a lighthouse
to those who did not get
their day in court.

Using your voice
to testify against
injustice of class and privilege
not going quietly into the night
rape perpetrators need to live in fear
not us.

I read your story
with wet eyes,
as survivors
we are bonded
empathizing through the process

rape is rape

Rape can happen
behind dumpsters
with a stranger,
at college party
with a friend,
in your home
with a spouse,
at home with
a family member

regardless of circumstances

rape is rape.

20 minutes of action caused
irrevocable damage to you
the public to dissect
the worst experience of your life

But I can tell you that

you will feel your worth again
the nightmares will stop
you will feel safe
you will find intimacy
you will feel confident
most importantly,
your voice and power
have already been found.

You are not a victim,
you are surviving
and soon you will be

Courage found in your vulnerability

soak up your own words,
you are beautiful
you are valued
you are respected
you are powerful

and I am with you.


Feed on

Doubt cloaks
Seek within

from The

Sinister speak
Slipping swirl
Superficial surface

Reflecting, perfecting
The journey
Of discovery



happen quicker

than you can

say them


After you settle

in, it’ll take you

on a different



Grounded like a tree

to carry on with

grace and dignity

Let go effortlessly


You’ll win and lose

Dance in the rain

then sing the blues

Feel all kinds of hues


Hold hope

Seek to go deep

Let faith reign

Live your truth


Poetry brings clarity

in a world filled

with insanity


Long time ago

a friendship was born

with a pen


whispered words

from worlds not seen

or heard, truth


Masked in metaphors

but it shines

bright blue


Pen weaved words

bringing comfort

to the soul



Because it will

get beaten down

and worn


Band aids can’t heal

bullet wounds, restoration

found in literary art


In solitude, pen proved

to be the greatest

of friends


Promised to be

loyal till it’s last



Provided a root for

inner strength’s tree

to grow


Leaves of creativity

and hope

fountain flows.


Intuned with

the world

soul ready

to soar


No longer

walking the

tight rope

feet grounded


Signs like

constellation stars

map to destiny

to be revealed



Thoughts clear

anticipating a

bright future

that’s near


Inspiration guides

Trust within, sage radiates

Pink lilies blooming

spread love

sunshine spreading seed

seas of smiles

peace on land

the medicine, love