My memoir begins and ends with a sonnet written to my younger self. In the first sonnet, I encourage her and let her know it’s safe to tell her story. There are a total of four sonnets strategically placed throughout the story. The final piece is a combination of phrases from earlier works. As I close out my story, I leave the reader with words of encouragement, hope and the promise of redemption I found at the end of my journey.
You’ve Come so Far
Oh, child so fair, I knew you were in pain.
You let me tell the tale I had to share.
I told the tale that showed what kept you sane.
I told the tale that made us more aware.
Oh, child so fair, you stayed a while with me.
The place where Jesus took your pain away.
Oh, child so fair, you looked at what I see,
A light that turns the night to brightest day.
Oh, child so fair, I hope at last you know
Our Daddy’s words were lies and not the truth.
And when I feel the tempter’s frightening blow
I stand my ground and say, “I know my worth!”
And, by His crimson blood, my stains removed.
Transformed and white as snow, I stand approved.