I Am a Survivor

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 M. Kshir is a 15x bestselling author (2008-2016), publisher and columnist featured in over 50 books. She 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 bestsellers list multiple times.

Donna is an activist. She used her influence in the growth of gaining national support for nonprofit Dreamcatchers for Abused Children (2008-2015). In 2009, Donna created, produced and hosted Dreamcatchers Talk Radio. She resigned in 2015 to become the face and producer of Your Voice Radio’s, Two Nana’s at Noon. She also used her influence in the growth of gaining national support for Conner’s Law, making child abuse by death a violent crime in Kentucky. Donna received a Letter of Recommendation from Conner’s mother Mashanna Bachuss in 2019. In June 2016 she and her best friend and sister advocate Lee Roberts co-founded Advocates United for Humanity. Donna is a member of the Nonfiction Authors Association, she received the NNPAAW Award (2012-2018), She’s a 2019 nominee of the Pinnacle Awards and the 2019 Diamond Quill Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. In November 2020, Donna and Roberts served as Co-Editors to honor friend Stephen Miller’s release Waterfalls and Cascades of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The duo’s program ‘Real Talk’ podcast on AU4H RADIO began airing on iHeart Radio in 2021. Advocates United for Humanity introduced a petition to make the private Central Registery public on July 22, 2021.

Donna writes under several pen names and advocates for those in need. Her most recent penname, Gladys Caroline, is to pay tribute to her late maternal grandmother. A woman who truly impacted her life. She has spent much of her life dedicated to giving back to her community. Donna has volunteered her time and talents with various non-profit organizations over her lifetime, animal rights, volunteered at her children’s schools and gives of herself as she is able with God guiding her journey, as her health allows. She enjoys a quiet laidback lifestyle with her family. 
 
For more on Donna, visit some of her official websites!!
 
Official website: www.donnakshir.weebly.com  
 
Advocates United for Humanity
 
AU4H: http://au4h.weebly.com/
 
AU4H RADIO – Real Talk 
 
iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-au4h-radio-real-talk-78312009/
Anchor: https://anchor.fm/au4h-radio
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/56trQHpLoD83aarD5lYfXC
Archive: https://archive.org/details/fav-au4h_radio
Google Podcast: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80Y2ViY2ViYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw==
 
Northern Books
 
NB: http://northernbooks.weebly.com/
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Donna-M.-Kshir/e/B0047J94EI
Barnes and Nobles: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-story-of-survival-donna-kshir/1030116262?ean=9781329084957
Lulu Publishing: https://www.lulu.com/spotlight/donnakshir
 
 
Petitions
 
Change.org: http://chng.it/W4vHFRC4SM
 
Blog/Media Outlets
 
Wordpress: https://donnakshir.wordpress.com/
NewsBlaze: https://newsblaze.com/author/d123/
EZineArticles: https://ezinearticles.com/expert/Donna_Kshir/1034330
 
YouTube
 
https://www.youtube.com/c/DonnaKshir