Written by a survivor of child sexual abuse, this collection of poetry reveals the pain and suffering that lay hidden in suppression for many years. It was during therapy that Paola Borella discovered poetry and realised that it could be used to heal her soul. The poems describe early childhood memories that come in the form of flashbacks and are at times quite disturbing. They also describe the feelings released during the healing process. The final poems portray emotions felt upon reflection of the past and the journey taken in order to start healing from the painful memories. Much of the poetry focuses on the natural environment like birds, roses and other flowers, and highlights self-discovery and self-healing. The poetry reveals the lessons and human connections that Paola found in nature. As a survivor of abuse and advocate against it, Paola now understands that her purpose in life is to help others and show that they are not alone. By publishing this collection of poetry she hopes to raise more awareness about abuse survivors and what they go through. She also hopes it will provide hope and encouragement to others.
Paola Borella was born in South London to an English mother and Italian father. She speaks Italian, French and Spanish and since obtaining her teaching certificate has worked as an English teacher in several countries, including France, Italy, Spain, England and China.