Hertha writes poems that helps her readers to analyse situations that are harmful to the society so they can try to help make it a better.
The Poem: The Way He Uses Me.
My name is Water,
I live in a man's home,
My duty was to kwinch his thirst, help cook his meals, water his plants and so much more,
His responsibility was to make sure that my bills were well taken care off.
How I felt loved and cared for, at least for the first few years,
It starting with him installing a tap in his bedroom.
He would use me in the morning and evening.
He then used more of me than he was supposed to
As time flew, I became his stress reliever everyday when he comes home from work,
I felt voiceless so I did not speak,
He bought new gold taps for me to buy my silence and it worked,
He sometimes did not use me at all, rather he would just fill the basin with me and then drain me out.
My purity went down the drain faster than the blink of an eye,
The municipality saw my bills paid so they thought I was better of and never really took inspections on how I am being used.
He flushed my dignity down countless times in the toilet,
I depended on him I could not speak however, I am gathering the strength to stand up for my rights one good day.
I am going to be free like rain water and birds in the sky,
I am going to shine like soarklisp water.
One day I will be free like the ocean waters,
And be calm like the blue waters of the pools.
Analysis of the poem:
The victim is referred to as "Water". A natural element that we respect and value. The reason why the poet did this was because?
*Although water is a scarce resource in Namibia and other parts of the world some people do not treat it with the respect and value that it needs.
*The point is treat all with respect especially human beings due to the fact that, people are one of God's perfect creations and the life of a person and health should be a priority. Regardless of age, race, gender and sexual orientation we all deserve the same respect and value.
Moving on, it's clear that the victim lives in a home that belongs to a family member who is also a breadwinner thus the victim depends on him to take care of her/him. And all the victim has to do is do house chores and maintain the home as a thank you for the help.
However, when you go to the srcsec stanza you see that the man has violated the agreement, he sexually abuses her morning and evening, and thus started after he installed taps in his bedroom. What did the poet mean by this?
* By installing the poet means that "eelcwelco or inviting" the victim into his bedroom. This easy he voulc have sex with her.
Moving on to the third stanza, you can tell that the victim was now not just a sex toy but an emotional consultant. He used her so selfishly and inhuman.
Imagine being someone transfering all the negative energy to you.
The victim confessed that she "felt voiceless" and that he bribed her and bought her silence with good things which the poet refers to as golden taps.
In the last two lines of the third stanza, the victim comfesses that is was not only sexual abuse but emotionall abuse as well. By letting the basin get full with the victim and then drain it all away without using it. What did the poet mean by this?
*She meant it through insults or beatings ( the basin) then he would not apologize instead let it go ( drain) and act like it did not happen.
Furthermore, in the fourth stanza the victim tells us what she/he lost:
*Purity - could be his/her virginity or health status.
However, through this struggle the victim has become hopefull and strong and she looks up to better days.
Nevertheless, in the fifth stanza the victim describes what her freedom would be like.
*Free like rain water (the rest of the people.)
*Shine like sparkling water ( people that have been through it and stood ta and fought the battle) .
*Free like ocean waters (not depending on anyone and no one can take anything away from you as ocean waters cannot be consumed by humans).
*And lastly, calm like the blue waters of a pool ( a pool is blue because of chemicals therefore it's toxic, however people can still swim in it and be happy as people are relaxed in it).
© 2020 Hertha David
Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on October 03, 2020:
Hey Trishty .. am only seeing your comment now but thank you so much ..
Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on September 20, 2020:
Hi Dream On,
Thank you so much for reading my poem. And yes we should do our best to educate people around the world. It's not going to be an easy fight but we have to start now.
Do take care❤️
DREAM ON on September 19, 2020:
To read your words of the sad condition and position many people are in (victims of abuse) men, women and children leave me helpless. I can't imagine their pain. Your poem describes it well. I hope more people help educate the public and put an end to this for once and for all. It is a worldwide problem that affects so many innocent people. Everyone should have the freedom and right to live in peace and safety. Thank you so much for sharing and teaching in such a wonderful way.
Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on September 17, 2020:
Thank you so much for stopping by Treshty. And you are most certainly right people who do this need to suffer if not then they need physciatric help. In relation to your story I have noticed that there is a high increase in pedophiles globally and we need to educate our people about this.
Please continue to help those that need help and I will too. Take care Treshty.
Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on September 17, 2020:
This is so true! And what's most unbelievable is that the victims evil are their own parents it's happening almost across the entire globe. And the worst is that victims are getting younger the last news I got from the team who's supporting and fighting this evilous crime was 8 years old female :'( the person don't deserve death I swear. I want him to suffer not to die.
Anyways thank you for sharing this awakening poem Ms David,
I will try my whole best to speak for them. I hope you have a great day
Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on September 13, 2020:
You are right Mary. Society should honestly work hard to fight such social evils. Thank you so much for your comment. Take care.
Mary Grace on September 13, 2020:
Sadly, like water, these people just stagnate where they are and will continue to do so unless someone prepares a new path where they can flow.
It is important for them to really get to connect with someone else. The younger they get started in such a life, the harder it is to move on without help. Society must really pay more attention to this concern.
Hertha David (author) from Windhoek, Namibia on September 11, 2020:
Thank you so much Lorna. it's vital that we educate ourselves on the evils in this world so victims know that they are not alone and that there is hope.
Lorna Lamon on September 11, 2020:
I was deeply moved by this poem Hertha which is an incredible telling of abuse in its most heinous form. In many cases the victim is too scared or traumatized to speak out and as a result suffers in silence. Thank you for drawing attention to sexual abuse. A powerful and sensitive write.