Poetry on video: “secret children”

Today’s poem is “secret children” from my upcoming book Scapegoat’s Cross: Poems about Finding and Reclaiming the Lost Man Within.

This is a previously unpublished poem that I wrote in September 1991. The next poem I wrote (“shadow world monsters”), also included in Scapegoat’s Cross, came to me over a year later in October 1992. I wouldn’t write another until August 2008, nearly sixteen years later.

For more poetry on video, visit my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/rickbeldenpoet.

Update (06/11/11): Exciting news! My video poem “secret children” is now featured on the “Survivors Speaking Out” page on the MaleSurvivor website at http://www.malesurvivor.org/speaking-out.html.

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11 thoughts on “Poetry on video: “secret children”

  1. “One secret at a time, one child at a time, believe them”
    SUCH a powerful poem!

    Thank you for sharing this with the Blog Carnival Against Child Abuse!

  2. This is amazing. It made me cry. Thank you thank you so much for not only writing it but reading it. I felt like a little girl hearing that I was heard. Wow, you’re fantastic!

  3. Applause for the poem Rick. Very beautiful. I would be subscribing on your Youtube. Hope to be updated more about your pieces. Would like to check new ones.

  4. I really appreciate this poem. Although it brought back feelings I didn’t want brought up again I felt empowered by it somehow. Thanks Rick and I too look forward to new works of yours.

  5. Thanks to everyone for your comments on this post. I really appreciate each of you taking the time to watch the video and share your thoughts and impressions with me. I feel honored and very encouraged by your responses.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this Rick. You have no idea how much I needed to find this today, especially after having to deal with hearing the words come out of the mouth of a parent of a registered sex offender. I had to turn and walk away while trying to keep my anger in check and the contents of my stomach where they belong as I listened to the words “it was just some kind of family conspiracy thing.” To hear these words after holding 2 of those he abused was…I still cannot put the entire experience into words. Again, just thank you for sharing and looking forward to more from you. The healing journey continues…

    • Thank you, Faith, for watching and commenting on this video. I’m glad to know that you found it helpful on such a challenging day.

  8. Thank you! Personally working through these issues. Such an important message of hope!

    • You’re very welcome. Thank you for sharing your response. I’m pleased to know that you found this poem helpful. Best of luck to you going forward in your process of growth and healing.