This Spoken Word Poem Speaks Up About Male Sexual Abuse in the Most Powerful Way

“Expecto Patronum” is performed by Bharath Divakar, a spoken word poet and mentor for the National Youth Poetry Slam.

Abuse. It’s something that many have faced, but it’s also something that few seem to talk about. Unless it’s in hushed voices, huddled in the corner of coffee shops, furtively looking around and shifting uncomfortably until someone says, “Why don’t we change the topic to a lighter one?” Awkward laughter ensues. Nobody mentions the A-word again, despite the fact that so many people have had a first-hand experience of this horror.

What do you do after you face something like that? The first instinct is to not talk about it. The first instinct is to keep it to yourself and internalize the pain, turning it into guilt and shame. It doesn’t matter who you are. You could be the schoolchild who got lost on your way home one day. You could be the teenager with parents who made you not want to get home. You could be the adult who thought you’d finally found a home, only to realise that you hadn’t.

Lines from “Expecto Patronum” by Bharath Divakar | Mentor for NYPS

In this powerful poem, Bharath Divakar opens up about his experience with abuse. He talks about the crippling helplessness he feels. About how hard it is to cope, when every part of his body has been violated in some way. Bharath uses repetition to change the negative connotations to positive ones. And this is what we all need to remember. Things do get better, and it’s okay to talk about them until they do. You don’t have to do it over the Internet; you don’t have to do it through poetry; but you can. And here’s a little secret; there are people out there — people like you and me — who are willing to listen.

Watch Bharath Divakar perform “Expecto Patronum”, a spoken word poem about abuse

This is the first in a series of spoken word poetry, brought to you by NYPS.

Originally published here.

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