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Last night – Tuesday 14th June, 2016 at RTSSV’s – Road Trauma Awareness Seminar (RTAS) in Werribee as a RTAS Volunteer Speaker, I told my family’s, being husband’s and my daughter’s road trauma story about my son Ben – killed in a single vehicle car crash on the 5th November, 2009. Like many other RTAS volunteer speakers each month across the state of Victoria – Australia for Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV), we share with repeat road traffic offenders our road trauma stories, in the hope that repeat road traffic offenders gain a greater understanding about how risky driver behaviour is deadly. That it only takes one careless action as a driver to cause death and serious injury which in turn can leave behind, a devastating ripple effect.
Talking to and with these RTAS participants about their risky driver behaviour, once again reaffirmed the importance of the volunteer work that we do. Sure, it’s not easy and sure why do it all – might be your question. But when I hear, like many other volunteers hear, what participants say at the end of the Road Trauma Awareness Seminars: about what they have learned in regard to road safety and road trauma; about what they had never understood beforehand about the ripple effect impact of road trauma on family, friends, workmates and the wider community; and about how hearing our personal road trauma stories, has got them re-thinking about their own risky driver behaviour – it becomes apparent that it is a very worthwhile task and for me is the hardest thing I do.
I found myself wanting to write, needing to write and I wrote this short poem about my feelings relating to this week’s Road Trauma Awareness Seminar Volunteer speaking experience. This is what I wrote…
Title: “I Am Listening…” Prose Poem
Here I am, again, listening to their reasons why and as I hear, I cannot help but sigh! They talk about the daily risks they take and my calm facial expression is all a fake for I know if they continue on in this vein, their lives will not be blessed by the ordained. Their loved ones will end up mourning their loss for their risk-taking comes at a massive cost. The tears, heartache and emptiness of soul will leave their loved ones with this only role. And as for me, I am already there - left without my son and left with great despair. Prose Poem ©Karen Robinson, June 2016
Writing this poem helped me process my feelings and thoughts about what I heard, saw and experienced during my RTAS volunteer speaking this week. At this particular RTA Seminar there was another whom had experienced the loss of a loved one through road trauma and he hadn’t spoken about his loss for over 20 years… It was very sad and demonstrated just how important it is to reach out and share our feelings, thoughts and emotions in order to maintain a healthy sense of well-being. My creative writing and art practice gives me a way to maintain my well-being and has become an important way for me to continue on moving forward with my post-traumatic growth journey.
Written by © Karen Robinson – June 2016
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The effect of your work is immeasurable, Karen. Thank you for all you do – the volunteering work, and the sharing of your art and writing, showing how these things can offer help. You do it with such grace, even though it can be so difficult. Thank you.
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Thank you Judy … so appreciate your ongoing support…sincerely Karen