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 Barnes and Nobles, and Amazon’s bestsellers list multiple times.

Donna is an activist. She used her influence in the growth of gaining national support (serving as president) for Michigan nonprofit Dreamcatchers for Abused Children from April 1, 2008 – February 13, 2015. On January 1, 2009, Donna created, produced and hosted Dreamcatchers Talk Radio; Michigan’s largest 24 hour child abuse internet radio educational network until she resigned in 2015 to become the face of Your Voice Radio’s popular show, 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 murder a violent crime in Kentucky. She united with Erin’s Law in 2013 and 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, received the NNPAAW Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, and a 2016 and 2018, 2019 nominee of the Pinnacle Awards and the 2019 Diamond Quill Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

​Donna writes under several pen names and advocates for those in need. 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, in youth groups and gives of herself as she is able with God guiding her journey, as her health allows. She enjoys a quiet laid back lifestyle with her family!!

For more information, visit Donna’s official website at: www.donnakshir.weebly.com