Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves

an older piece about my work…
October 20, 2010, 12:02 am
Filed under: mental health, self reflection

i wrote this piece while i was still a social work intern. i had had a bad session and i wanted to decompress…

social work student (c) 2006 by margaux delotte-bennett

the silence is so loud today
i pushed too hard
she clammed up
shut down
turned inside her thoughts and
went to the place where she is safe
in her head
pen on paper
head supported by her arm

we write side by side
but we are worlds apart
too far away to connect today
how long do i stay?
until my obligatory hour is up?
until i feel like my leaving is not a retreat?
until she says something
opens up her heart and
screams out the pain
written on her young face…

says, she doesn’t care
i know she does
says, there’s nothing she can do
i know there is
(but what i know is not important)
says, nothing
i do the same

simply writing out our pain is so much easier…


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