Everyone Processes Trauma Differently

Everyone Processes Trauma Differently

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
At least that’s what they say
But trauma cannot be defined by a catchphrase
Grim memories impact each individual differently
For every mind is as unique as a snowflake

A will bounce back and forget the past
B may take years to get rid of the ache
While C might forgive and move on quickly
D will struggle to trust another soul again

No matter how they deal with their past
Who are we to judge and label?
It’s easy to be harsh and unkind
But tell me, is it really fair?
A wounded soul needs TLC
As much as a body broken by pain

The right move is to be patient and supportive
Putting deadlines on recovery isn’t a humane tactic
Mental agony is more persistent for some
Resilience isn’t a gift, it’s a learned skill
Besides, multiple wounds can maim the bravest of all
Letting someone heal without giving them hell
Is the best gift you can give – the gift of benevolence

This poem was published in The Literatus, a new literary magazine with a global vision. You can learn more about it here: https://www.facebook.com/TheLiteratusMag/

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