Many thanks to Jan L Frayne - The Wounded Warrior - for inviting me to post on his sit http://bit.ly/QM70Nf
The post contains my poem Goodbye Now My Brother – also published in Anglo Chilean News earlier this year.
My affinity with Jan has arisen from our wish to reveal, in order to heal, the hidden things within our childhoods – and to seek affinity and solidarity with others in similar predicaments – and there are so many. Jan has concentrated on this area and inspired many, particularly through his poetry. It is also part of a wider quest for meaning. We agree, I think, that strength and massive healing can arise from pain confronted. We know many others have drawn this conclusion. And we hope, and indeed know, that many others will do so. In this respect, the words of Paolo Freire also come to mind – ‘the oppressor can only be liberated by the oppressed’.
This is not a light matter, clearly. But these personal traumas are no less important than the mass political oppressions – in fact thy often lie at the personal root of the evil perpetrated by dictators. Sadaam Hussein and Adolph Hitler had almost exactly the same torment wreaked on them by the men who brought them up. But it is only a minority of people who pass on the abuse. Most suffer it and parts of them collapse inside. Many end up in addiction, on the streets or in serious mental illness. Few understand them or know how to help enable them to walk the fragile path towards self-healing. It is our mission – in many different ways – to find and aid them in their fragile walks – for it was not their fault they were so shattered before they could come of age.
I finally would like to proclaim loud and clear Jesus’s less publicised saying (in St Matthew) ‘I desire Compassion – not a sacrifice!’ These are the people who Jesus would have spent his time with – the addicted, those who only survive through the bottle and the needle. Those whose minds are constantly afflicted and whose personal circumstances are dire! In future years much of my published work will pick up on this theme – not least my Pop Opera “Messiah Mark 2″ in which Jesus will reappear and be condemned by the New Pharisees.