Inexorable Trauma

Danielle Hark

trauma

Trauma

a game

game of power

consumption

stealing souls

person eating person

blood on mouths

hands

dripping down thighs

Trauma

cannot be undone

no gauze nor cast

can cover

pain

man taking life

as possession

trauma

Trauma

can be documented

memorialized

or hidden

never

silenced

Inspired by

Portrait of Takes Enemy, Sioux Warrior, Holding Spear or Staff, c. 1898,

by Gertrude Käsebier

ABOUT THE WRITER:

Danielle Hark is a writer and artist who lives with PTSD and bipolar disorder. She is the founder of the non-profit Broken Light Collective that empowers people with mental health challenges using photography. Danielle has an affinity for tattoos, foxes, and Greek Mythology. She lives and creates in New Jersey with her husband, two sassy young daughters, a Samoyed pup, a Scottish Fold cat, and a studio full of creepy dolls

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