Poem: Survivor’s Guilt (haiku in 8 variations)

1)

with Survivor’s guilt

you live your lifetime thinking

what could I have done?

2)

It doesn’t matter

that it’s not your fault, it feels

like it is your fault.

3)

You see suffering

you feel it, as if it’s yours

the silent witness.

4)

When I was a child

I saw family tortured

I can’t forget this.

5)

Surviving makes you

different from when you started

It alters your course.

6)

I’m not a martyr.

I don’t want or need pity

I’m not a victim.

7)

I want you to know

You’re not alone in trauma

I understand you

8)

and what you’ve been through

takes bravery, and kindness

will make you stronger.

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