I knew you when your skin was a blank canvas
I knew you when your soul was a flawless mirror reflecting the sunny sky
I knew you when you could still fly,
before your wings were clipped.
I knew you before the abuse harmed you...
turned you inside out.
I knew you through the dark years,
when your own hand reached up and became the abuser.
I knew you when the darkness snuffed your inner light out,
and you died inside.
I knew you in the zombie years,
where you walked and talked but were not there.
I knew you when you first sat on his couch and listened to his calm voice.
I knew you when he reached out his hand and said "You ARE worth saving"
I knew you when you thought he was lying.
I knew you when you stood with most of your feet over the edge
I knew you when nothing held you up and the lulling mermaid songs of the abyss beckoned you.
I knew you when you glanced over your shoulder and first looked at him,
as he repeated "You ARE worth saving"
I knew you as you slipped under the surface and all that held you was his words.
"You ARE a person of great value"
I knew you when you at last turned on your ears and really heard what he was saying.
I knew you when you stopped fighting the rope lowered down to save you,
when you stopped trying to hang yourself with it.
I knew you when the strength returned to your hands and you grabbed that rope.
I knew you as you fought and clawed your way out of the darkness
I knew you as you stripped bare the inner mirror and faced all the monsters in your reflection
I knew you when you battled with yourself
when the fights left you bloody and torn
I knew you when you fought to cut yourself free...when all you had to do was open the door and walk away.
I knew you when your skin was a map of scars
I knew you when your soul was a shattered mirror tentatively and shyly reflecting your soul
I knew you when you learned to fly,
I knew you when you learned your wings were healed.
I knew you when you took your power back
knew you when you live this all in one afternoon,
and over a years time too.
I knew you were not alone
I knew there were other struggling and fighting the same fights
now others know too.