Little Bo Peep

What courage did Little Bo Peep have?

The amusing, and at times dark, song describes how one-day Bo-Peep’s sheep went missing. She searched for them and found them, but they were without their tails. These too she found sometime later, but something happened to the sheep while they were off. The missing tails were found hung up to dry. Bo-Peep grabs them and rushes off to get them reattached.

She had the courage to take something completely out of the ordinary, like missing tails, and make it work again.

Isn’t that how healing feels?

We come out of abuse and nothing looks like the world is offering. Nothing! We’re damaged, dirty and, in the words of this poem, we show up with no tails. Everything about us feels distinguishable from the next person.

We want to fit in, have no pain and show no evidence of the damage our bodies, minds and souls carry. This works for some in their early years, but that campaign of injustice fades.

Some of us never reattach our tails and sail against the wind, anger driving our rudder. Others of us become quite complacent and allow others to dictate our course.

Whatever campaign you chose to stay hidden, try to find which course you decided would hide your missing tail?

It’s my challenge to you today.

Originally published at on November 5, 2021.




Incest. Murder. Rape. Then, I turned four. This is my story.

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Incest. Murder. Rape. Then, I turned four. This is my story.

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