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Her Life In Poems
By Dr Rosaleen O’Brien

ISBN: 978-1-84747-509-1
Published: 2008
Pages: 54
Key Themes: poetry


These poems take as their subject Diana’s life, inner world and relationships, as seen by the author Dr Rosaleen O’Brien.

About the Author

I have been in receipt of trauma counselling since 1999 on a daily basis,at times speaking till the early hours of the morning.Support from my trauma Counsellor helps me to come to terms with accepting that what has happened to me cannot now be changed. I cannot ever forgive those who had a vicarious liability to look after me and failed. As a result of being locked away for some years all because we were poor has brought certain limitations to my day to day life. Writing is a form of therapy and allows me to be free to be the person that I want to be, and should have been my birthright. Through writing I can reach out to others who may have had such an unfortunate experience as myself . Daily flashbacks can be upsetting and I fill my life with things to do so as to block them out. Day to day life can be exhausting and coping mechanisms that I learnt in order to survive have not helped me in the outside world. God help all fellow survivors and perhaps one day Ireland will accept the terrible price we paid. Shame on all you right thinking residents in Ireland to allow the government and Catholic Church to ignore harm done to me and many others who are either dead or too ill to tell their story. Thanks to Chipmunkapublishing I have been able to confront my demons and a Big Thank you to Reatha my trauma counsellor without her I would not be here today writing about my stolen life.

Book Extract


Even if we do not remember Diana everyday
We only have to look in hospitals
And in homeless centres and such places
In our mind`s eye we see Diana
And all the smiling faces
To be homeless and living in the street
One becomes a no one
To wake up one day and be greeted by a Princess
Made her number one
For her to have taken time to support
Such a deserving cause
Deeply impressed the homeless and made them pause
To look at the world from a different angle
Which led to such a poverty stricken life
They must have wondered what Prince Charles thought
If he was duly impressed with the efforts of his wife
Diana carried on seeing the sense of loss in their eyes
To begin with in fact she was taken by surprise
Making sure her sons understood about such victims
And did not judge or cast a stone some were addicts wasted to the bone




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