The Effect of Violence: A Poem by Freda Camille

The Effect of Violence: A Poem by Freda Camille

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As you hear the gun shots,
the body drops,
now someone’s child’s heartbeat has stopped.
A split second is all that it takes,
to destroy a family that God creates.
How can one’s mind be so corrupt?
Relentlessly destroying family, like that’s what’s up;
Where is the integrity of our youth today?
It is in their hands that lives are being taken away,
For money, sneaks, relationships or just pride;
because in front of your boys, that kid tried to shine!
Can these individuals take time to understand,
that their victim is not the only one being slaughtered by their hand…
can you empathize with how a mother or father is left feeling?
After the death of a child, life seems to have no meaning.
How can we conform their minds to seek for peace,
and re-establish a plan towards unity;
We must recognize our family units are like that of a tree;
our ancestors are the root; this explains our legacy,
our grandparents are the bark; with prayer they keep us covered,
our parents are the branches; with wisdom they guide us.
our children are the leaves and fruit; who are to sow then reap,
and invest in the harvest that has been left behind,
setting and reaching goals keeping our ancestor’s dreams in mind.

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Accomplished Author, Writer, and Poet, Freda Camille from Delaware and New Jersey, beautifully pens her life testimony through lyrics and verse in her poetry book The Storms Caused My Faith. This work was self-published in 2004. In collaboration with co-authors of "Things I Wish He Knew," Freda becomes transparent and vividly reveals a traumatic event that took place in her life that could have ultimately prevented the maturation of the amazing and successful woman she has become. Freda Camille has been writing for over 28 years. Freda works as a Licensed Practical Nurse in pediatrician's office, and is a Youth Leader at New Destiny Fellowship Church, Wilmington, Delaware. She has mentored young ladies in her community, and has spoken at treatment facilities in PA, NJ, and youth programs in DE. She used these moments to become transparent and share her testimony about the various adversities she has overcome in her life such as: molestation, teenage pregnancy, depression, and was her mother's care taker due to mental illness. The writings in each of her books provide a safe environment allowing the reader to connect, identify, and work through experiences which were suppressed. She wants you to know and see that you can get through it, you can heal, and things will get better. Freda has also appeared as a supporting actress in an independent film "Found." You can contact Author Freda Camille through her website and social media platforms.