New Poem by Bryan Newman

In “Angels of Silence,” a poem dedicated to his ex-girlfriend and survivors of rape and sexual violence everywhere, Bryan expresses his anger and frustration lyrically and powerfully. In his words:

“so I will never stop fighting
this is for everyone with the same story
as long as I have breath and vocal cords
hands that can write and a will that can fight
we can shape the future one small piece at a time
I do believe that every dark tunnel has a glint of light
keep your head up my angel I know you can shine
I know your wings can fly
carry on and don’t let the fire die
everything will get better
it is only a matter of time”

Read the rest of Bryan’s poem.

What Others Are Saying

  1. Alex Apr 27, 2012 at 8:47 am

    [didn't mean to post the above comment, would an admin remove it, please?]

    Bryan, I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your poem–I’m in a similar place: angry like I’ve never been before, but with nowhere to direct it and nothing to do but hide it away so she won’t see and feel guilty. I wait until I’m alone too–when i feel like I’m about to boil over with anger (which I used to think was a hyperbolic expression)–to let it out.
    It’s rare for me to be overwhelmed by my emotions; if anything I’m even more calm when I’m upset, but not with this. It’s just so impossibly, unfathomably unfair that she is still struggling with the aftermath evil someone did TO her. That someone decided to take safety away from someone else is– I just can’t comprehend. And it’s not fair of me to be more upset than she ujs anyhow. I didn’t know her at the time, and s

    Sorry, I can’t finish this right now.
    Thank you for expressing this confusing and incredibly frustrating situation to be in; to be the significant other of a survivor whom you met after the trauma, yet still feel the aftermath in the relationship.

  2. bryan pianar Nov 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

    ozzzzzzzzzzzzz sweet

  3. Kely Dec 23, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Brian,

    Your poem is beautiful and I read it often. It has really helpled me when I think about the future and a world without violence. I believe this world can exist. Especially if we all work together to end the violence. Your poem inspires action. Thanks

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