|Poems: A Contest
found in the circumstances described in this site are
trauma, profound trauma, long-lasting trauma, likely lifelong trauma .
. . whether or not the children
have been sexually abused or
If they have, indeed, been sexually abused or raped, the trauma needs no definition. If they have not been sexually abused or raped, the trauma arises out of being treated for a non-event. And that treatment varies depending on who is administering the treatment and on the context in which the treatment occurs, for example, in the so-called mental health industry or in the criminal prosecution community.
Children growing and awakening in these circumstances often find expression in poetry.
Rules of an Informal Contest
www.falseallegations.com invites readers of this site to send in photocopies of poems authored by children who have been involved in some way with the type of circumstances addressed by this site. The gender and age of the child at the time the poem was authored should be included. Do not use the child's real name. The pseudonym or alias or code which is sent along with the poem will not be revealed to anyone.
The poem NEED NOT be about abuse or rape. The subject of the poem may be any subject the child herself or himself chooses to write about. The poem may rhyme or may not rhyme. The poem may be in a poetic form or in a modern free form. The rhythm of the poem may match the child's own drumbeat. In a nutshell, there are no rights and no wrongs. It is only the child's own thoughts and feelings and desires and . . . and expressions which count.
www.falseallegations.com will distinguish between the poems by assigning the date on which the poem was received and a unique number to the poem for that day.
Once a month, www.falseallegations.com will choose the poem believed to be the best. I'll email or snail male the notice to the winner -- depending by which return address is supplied -- and will post the winning poem in a file entitled poetry.htm.
The winning will entitle the winning poet to a free children's book.
To Collect the Prize
Upon learning that the child
has won, send to www.falseallegations.com by
email or snail mail
Maybe eventually, a collection of the poems can be gathered into a book for publication