Searching for Daylight


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By Kathryn Shaw

ISBN: 978-1-84747-524-4
Published: 2008
Pages: 68
Key Themes: poetry, child abuse, self-harm, admisson to hospital, Borderline Personality Disorder



This collection of poems reflects deep emotions. They were written when Kathryn had no other way of expressing her emotions externally.

The book is in two parts. The first part contains poems that were written during 1984 and 1985 when Kathryn was 14 and 15. The second part contains poems written more recently between 2004 and 2007.

About the Author

Kathryn has struggled with mental health problems for a long time, starting when she suffered abuse as a child. She has many issues with self harm and has attempted to take her life on two occasions. Over the last four years she has had six admissions to a Psychiatric Hospital and has recently been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.

Kathryn now lives with her two young children who are her lifeline and is about to start a method of Psychotherapy that will hopefully help with her ongoing mental distress.

Book Extract

Drowning and Flying

Black mirror, dark as dark,
Embrace me and drown my silence.
Drag me to your depths
And hold me in your comforting arms.

Dark mirror, black as black,
Grant me inevitable peace.
May my last breath
Rise to your surface and be gone.

Dark mirror, do not fear,
For in the morning, you will be
Sparkling silver-blue,
Reflecting the sun and the sky
And my soul will float up
To your surface and fly,

And my hatred gone, I will be free.


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