Before You

April is National Poetry Month, and here at Parenting with PTSD we will be sharing poems written by our community all month. If you would like to contribute, please send us your poem to parentingwithptsd@gmail.com

hush little baby
Image by Joyelle Brandt http://www.joyellebrandt.com

before you

 

I thought I knew

who I was

what I believed

my own shape

the way I moved

through the world

my reflection

in the mirror

 

before you

 

I had the illusion

of stability

Author Bio:

Joyelle Brandt is a self care coach for moms. She specializes in working with mothers who are survivors of abuse, to help them develop a personalized self soothing toolkit for stress management. As a speaker, mothering coach, and multi-media creator, Joyelle works to dismantle the stigma that keeps childhood abuse survivors stuck in shame and self-hatred.  She is the author/illustrator of Princess Monsters from A to Z and co-editor of Parenting with PTSD, the groundbreaking anthology that breaks the silence about the long-term impact of childhood trauma so that parents can break the cycle of abuse.

When she is not busy raising two rambunctious boys, she is most often found playing her guitar or covered in paint at her art desk. You can keep up with Joyelle at http://www.joyellebrandt.com

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