Friday, October 22, 2010

Emily and Imagery

Where do you go when you need to be protected? For young Emily, she uses creative imagery to cushion the reality of the abuse she endures from her father. Emily is a creative spirit, which supports her utilization of imagery in helping her to cope with life inside her house. In this passage from Pages in the Wind, she uses this imagery to create imaginary protectors:

Emily looked around at the large rooms, uninteresting and rectangular, but large. She visualized winged guards standing at every doorway to keep her safe and unharmed. She imagined their faces, stoic and determined, fierce and menacing, but the wings told their true identity only to her. If only this aching ever-present fear would go away, she thought, maybe she could figure out how to relax and not need the guards.

At times we must create a shield to protect us from trauma that is too difficult for the brain to process. The shield can serve its purpose and protect us from harm, or it can take on a life of its own and cause more harm. We see this in combat veterans, returning home after prolonged warfare and trauma. Trauma alters reality. We see with our eyes, but we perceive with our mind. If what we perceive is our reality, then reality is fluid among people and built on life experience.

Emily needs a shield to protect her from prolonged trauma. She has the gift of creativity which enables her to use her imagination to create images which help her to cope. In dealing with trauma, her escape door is her imagination. As young Emily matures, this escape door will become a trap door for which escape is treacherous and uncertain.


  1. Interesting post and I always anticipate your new posts. This is an intellectual look at trauma, and I wonder what will happen next. Great read, when is the book coming out? Sign me up, love your writing.

  2. Love the use of imagery and how it relates to how Emily sees the world. I look forward so much to seeing how she handles all of this and you have peeked my curiousity about what will happen!

  3. WOW this is a powerful story...I look forward to seeing it unfold.. I am following you and look so forward to reading you,, Thank you for sharing..


  4. Love to read this unfolding, I follow you and go nuts when you have a new post. Can't wait for the book to come out, I am really into Emily!

  5. Love your writing - when will your book be released?

  6. I like yr introduction about Emily, that makes people eager to read yr upcoming story about her.


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