I Am a Survivor

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I wanted to share a poem I recently wrote that was featured in a new book, Tent City: Tragedy Turned Triumph, to help the homeless men and women of West Virginia.

young woman on the beach.
I Am a Survivor

Life gives us struggles to face

a test of strength

Always searching to find my place

standing in true faith

Life is challenging

The days are long and hard

The nights feel never ending

But through God’s grace I go on

Bruises and broken bones

where all I knew

Broken promises

held together by cheap glue

Kicked out, no place to go

hungry and nothing to eat

Fear is all I know

life on the street

Those days are long gone

but the memories are alive and running

What seems to be cut, dry and done

keeps my mind wondering

I dream of fluffy clouds and colorful rainbows

I feel the desire to love

but who knows

Only through God I shall overcome

I struggled everyday

my skin is still tender and raw

I pray for Him to light the way

I came and now I saw

To let go of sorrow

make peace within

Time is on borrow

life is not about pain but living

My past is now behind me

a new day has begun

Today is about me

and its only just begun

I don’t know what the future holds

tomorrow has yet to be written

My life is an open book

with entries still to be written

One thing I know

and I know for sure

I am a survivor

I owe that to our almighty Lord

(Donna M. Kshir)

Donna Kshir is a writer who seeks truth and justice for children exposed to abuse. She speaks out and writes against these injustices done onto children. Donna’s work has landed her on the Barnes and Nobles, and Amazon’s bestsellers list multiple times. She is best known for her teen sensation ‘A Story of Survival’ that tells a heart-felt story of a young boy being abused while in the foster care system.

Donna is also a child advocate and the Founder/President of Advocates United for Humanity. She united with Erin’s Law to create awareness for childhood sexual abuse in her 2013 release ‘Silent Screams’ and she received the NNPAAW Award in 2012, 2013, 2014 and a 2016 nominee of the Pinnacle Achievement Awards for independent authors.

In the Fall of 2015, Donna created a series of children’s books with her grandchildren, and a historical series titled, Renovo Storytellers where she shares short stories by those who lived it; in her home town nestled in the endless mountains of Pennsylvania.

Donna and her fellow sister advocate Lee Roberts created and will host’Two Nanas at Noon’ on Your Voice Radio Network. The show will air the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month for an hour. The show will cover a large variety of topics and focus on topics the duo advocate and support.

Proceeds from all Donna’s books are donated to charity in effort to end child abuse and homelessness.

Donna on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and her personal bookstore.

* Donna volunteered / served as President and Chief Development Officer at Dreamcatchers for Abused Children from April 1, 2008 until she resigned on February 13, 2015. She also the creator of Dreamcatchers Talk Radio; Michigan’s largest 24 hour child abuse internet radio educational network.