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NPM poem by Josie Mixon




Josie (Bustos) Mixon is an award-winning domestic violence and sexual abuse awareness advocate.  She has authored three collections of poetry – Reflections of My Battered Life and Of Flesh and Bone I Am Woman, Surviving Abuse and Off the Beaten Path. Mixon commemorates April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.



The noise sleeps within

my contaminated self

Piercing through deep within my core

are memories with jagged edges

Vibrations of pain driven from the past

Delivered into this day

Filled with pain, rage and sorrow

Cries wail in the wind

Lending voice

To the unheard

Whose teeth still clinch the pillow

(the keeper of the secrets)

Words left unsaid

Questions left unanswered

Why you do this to me

Doesn’t matter

You, did this to me!

Leaving my shame filled

Carcass behind to rot with time

Bewildered by infectious thoughts

Surrendering myself to death

Only to be rejected

By my own disgust

Shame is the blood of the abused

Benevolence the blood of the survivor

-Josie (Bustos) Mixon


Mixon is also the organizer of the reading series at Barnes & Noble / Ingram Festival every first and third Wednesday of the month.


Free; 7-9pm May 2, Barnes & Noble / Ingram Festival, 76065 NW Loop 410 #185, (210) 522-1340

To see a calendar of National Poetry Month events in San Antonio, go to


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