Life Lessons from a Survivor

by Anne Whitehouse


I work with troubled youth

because I was hurt as a child.

To the kids in the juvenile detention center,

I say how nice they’re looking.

I want them to know, You are somebody.

There are steps between believing and achieving,

but if you conceive it in your mind

and fix it in your heart,

you can persevere.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness.

Only light can.


To live a life without contradictions

is to live the life of an insect.

The fly that won’t leave the corpse

will end up in the grave.