Kerry, so long as this darkness on paper helps relieve the darkness in you, then I say bring it on. This is a haunting and powerful write. Before meeting some of my good friends at TPS, with you being one of them, I was the only person that I knew to part-take in a "masquerade" so to speak. I think that this poem speaks for many of us troubled souls, in our own way. I'm sorry I'm just rambling now... I think that this is a beautiful piece of writing and I'm bookmarking this one.
Chairs thrown and tables toppled Hands armed with broken bottles Standing no chance to win, but We're not running, we're not running
there are so many young children who go through this everyday and they think they are alone but they are not, Kerry, as you have penned words they can identify with. You are one incredible survivor and your past will help someone else's future, you just wait and see.