Saturday, February 16, 2013

The Victor Walk

This weekend's Trifextra challenge concerns the use of hyperbole.


WARNING!!!
THIS ENTRY CONTAINS CONTENT OF A SENSITIVE NATURE. IT MAY BE UPSETTING TO SOME. NO OFFENSIVE IS INTENDED.  PLEASE EXERCISE CAUTION IN DECIDING TO READ THIS POST. IT CONCERNS SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN.


The Victor Walk

Midnight.
First road trip
under Coach's care.
In Coach's room
he takes off my underwear.

A thousand lifetimes ago
Since Dad shook his hand
Thanking Coach for helping to make me a man.




***This poem is written to support the efforts of former NHL hockey star, Theo Fleury.  It is Fleury's story.

     Fleury was a member of several hockey teams over the course of his career but, gained most fame, as a member of the Calgary Flames.  An all-star many times and a member of Canada's Gold medal winning Men's Ice Hockey team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, Fleury was one of the top players of his generation.
     Upon retiring, he published his biography called, "Playing with Fire".  In the book, his revealed that he had been keeping a secret throughout his adult life; the secret being that he had suffered sexual abuse during his junior hockey days at the hands of his coach.  The tragedy of what happened to Fleury fuelled a descent into alcoholism, drug abuse and, almost, suicide.   Eventually he realized that remaining silent was akin to allowing his abuser to escape justice.  So, Fleury came forward and revealed his secret. In doing so, he became the highest profile athlete in Canada, at least, to reveal details of such a sensitive nature about his life.
     Since then, Fleury has begun campaigning tirelessly across Canada for improved protection for children from pedophiles, tougher laws for those convicted and greater awareness and understanding for the victims. In particular, he has started an organization called Victorwalk that acts as an organizational home base for events in support of this cause.
     My own life is blessed beyond belief. I have never suffered the kind of abuse that Theo Fleury has, and countless others, too.  However, if I can help by lending my time as a conduit to get Fleury's message out then, I'll have helped in my own small way.