From Tracie: The Ninth Year Divergence

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Ninth Year Divergence

He died in my ninth year.

Darkness. Confusion. Chains.

Freedom still far away from me.

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I watch my daughter in her ninth year.

Light. Clarity. Dancing boldly.

The cycle broken. Freedom is here.


Trifecta Writing Challenge
Prompt:
Year - a calendar year specified usually by a number

Katarina's age has been staring me in the face since her birthday in August. When I think of it in light of my childhood, the differences are astounding and beautiful. 


32 comments:

  1. I think about this often. Seeing the stark contrast between my childhood and my sons' often brings me into a place of immeasurable gratefulness! Thank God for broken cycles. ♥

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    1. Yes. God is good. I'm so grateful for those broken cycles.

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  2. I will never cease to be amazed at your bravery and strength. Katarina is so very blessed to have you as her mom. She's growing into a remarkable young person because of you.

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    1. Thank you Tia. That means so much to me.

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  3. The cycle is broken.. Perfect. Great post!

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  4. I love the contrast between the two stanzas. Lovely poem.

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  5. I can only imagine how powerful that must be. Well done.

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    1. It is one of the most powerful things I have ever experienced.

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  6. Good one. I like the way you said it.

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  7. I am proud of you for raising a happy daughter and for breaking that cycle. What a gift you have in your daughter (and she's lucky too).

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    1. Thank you Rach. I'm very blessed to have her!

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  8. The contrast between the two is stunning. Beautiful poem - and I'm glad she lives in the light...that's how childhood should be :)

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    1. That is exactly how childhood should be. Thank you.

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    1. Sometimes the big things have really simple truths.

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  10. I love the contrast! ^__^ Great piece!

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  11. Very beautiful. Love the way you framed this piece.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. It flowed really natural and easy for me. One of those clarity moments in the space between awake and asleep.

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  12. Good contrasts expressed with simplicity. (RogRites)

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  13. Crazy how just a few words can create such a powerful write.

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    1. I'm learning that sometimes the it is great to get the extra words out of the way, and let the simple truth speak for itself.

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  14. I think the connection between emotions is as strong as the contrast. This was a heck of a piece.

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  15. This is so lovely, Tracie. A powerful expression of a mother's love--for herself and her child.

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  16. So much emotion, so authentic. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I am not usually very good at predicting which stories or poems will be chosen as the challenge winners but, in my humble opinion, this is my favourite piece I've read since stumbling upon Trifecta a couple of months ago.
    Your bravery in sharing your story helps shine a light on something that remains one of life's darkest secrets. By shouting out, your are svaing untold numbers of children from a similar fate. You are to be commended for your excellent writing but, more importantly, for for steely heart and Giant-like courage.
    Thank you for facing your adversity ina positive way. So sorry for what you endured. So happy your daughter is safe and loved.
    I don't understand how adults can harm children. I surely don't.

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  18. Cheers for broken cycles. sandie

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