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    Head Office in Freetown

    8 King Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone

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    POEM: The Wailing Smile by Bernadette French

    News & Articles / January 2, 2020

    With the heightened incidences of sexual violence thought i should write a poem of hope dedicated to all victims and survivors. The night might be gloomy but one thing is sure the sun shall still rise again.

    The Wailing Smiles

    By Bernadette French
    Lovely! Glowing! Radiant – the compliments of my smile
    Yet the pain, moan, wail within I sigh
    None can imagine; none can Fathom
    The pain from the intensity of my stolen pride
    The dignity of a world reaped apart is my trial
    But then I smile

    Infancy spared me not from my defiler
    Blood relations was no saving grace
    Family ties was neither an enough escape
    My pride stolen; brutally snatched
    Again I smile

    My mental battle to forget
    Remains my constant regret
    Immersed in shame and guilt
    Locked in the prison society built
    Hunted by societies’ blames
    Stigma – my new name
    Still I smile

    Wet pillow from my tearful sleepless nights
    Questions! Confusion questing for shedding of light
    Answers too scared to re write
    Feelings of I should have rather died
    Yet I smile

    I smile, Alas!
    I smile for real
    I smile for I survived
    I smile to heal
    I smile to recover
    I smile to conquer

    I smile knowing the shame belongs only to my abuser
    I smile for hope
    My dawn may have cheated me
    But my dusk empowers me
    My wail has become my greatest strength
    I smile! I smile! I smile

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