Survivor Psalm

for readers of Following Shadows. I wish all individuals, all countries could be trauma free

By Frank Ochbery, M.D. 

I have been victimized.
I was in a fight that was
not a fair fight.
I did not ask for the fight. I lost.
There is no shame in losing such Fights.

I have reached the stage of
Survivor and am no longer a
slave of victim status.
I look back with sadness
rather than hate.
I look forward with hoperather than despair.
I may never forget, but I need not
constantly remember.
I was a victim.
I am a survivor.

Youtube from the author reading the Survivor Psalm, and explaining the inspiration to write it)

Dr. Ochbery’s  Survivor Psalm, for me, illustrates the yearning found between generation effected by war. During and after WWII, one generation lost their childhood, security and family. Then these survivors raised their children.  The WWII generation lost everything, and sought to protect the next generation from such pain.  We Baby Boomers who followed yearned to learn more. For some families a fierce sense of love was given, yet communication and sense of peace could not be taken for granted.     Courtesy of & common domain sources

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