The Loss of Innocence

“I want to write poetry that heals the soul.”

Last night, my daughter, Elya, expressed this desire after she read her poem, “The Loss of Innocence,” to me. She is exploring the idea that self-forgiveness breaks the cycle of shame that perpetuates addiction and abuse. Her desire is for those who have suffered from abuse as children will receive the grace to heal so that they will not abuse others. I like the way she thinks and do believe that one of the most powerful forms of creative living is to use our artistic talents to help others. You can read more of her poetry at

Photo by Josiah Filler, Kruger Park, South Africa


About JoDee Luna

“I’m lost in a love affair with portrait painting!” JoDee Luna confesses. This author, artist, and educator describes herself as a creative eclectic due to her diverse history, multiple talents, and various career pursuits. She enjoys a host of creative expressions: mixed media, mask making, floral designing, photography, sculpture, and gardening. JoDee believes the creative process infuses her with the courage to try on new artistic identities, take inspired risks, and explore imaginative ideas. She seeks to share her insights with others through her book, Refrain from the Identical: Insight and Inspiration for Creative Eclectics and website by the same name, Both provide helpful tips and inspiration for artistic multi-taskers, those who enjoy various forms of artistic expression.
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4 Responses to The Loss of Innocence

  1. Kris Kennedy says:

    Very blessed to read…wow…so much said, so much understood…thank you

  2. CMSmith says:

    It sounds like a very noble cause. I hope she’s successful.

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