thirty years

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thirty years ago i am a young tenderfoot discovering my place in the world
thirty years ago exploring my sex drive turned into a sexual assault
thirty years ago the police lied and the navy discharged me for being gay

wandering for thirty years i lived blaming myself for the assault
wandering for thirty years i kept myself as guilty for all things
wandering for thirty years i underrated the impact, and myself

by god’s grace thirty years later i am owning my story
by god’s grace thirty years later i am recovering and learning
by god’s grace thirty years later i am a survivor with a story

 


 

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