Author: Erin, a survivor
Erin is a survivor of human sex trafficking. She was groomed and trafficked by a fake boyfriend in her teens. Thankfully, she escaped and is now married to a wonderful man.
This poem is a tribute to her husband, and how he loves her.
To the girl who’s triggered to sleep in a bed, too tired and weary to hold up her head.
Her angel casts down from the couch to the floor, the fear drifts away and he comforts her more.
Sleep should be peaceful, quiet and calm but to her it is nightmares and an evil realm.
But the floor brings the rock, the grounding, makes her in control of her surroundings.
Horrible things were done on those beds. The memories sink deep into the threads.
The mattress springs. The sheets suffocating texture.
She lays on the carpet instead and he just lets her.
She was forced to stay in the bed with a revolving line of men,
so now when it’s her choice she will never sleep again.
More than the comfort of the mattress he’s known his whole life, he chose to lay on the floor in the darkness with his wife, because he loves her more.
He could have chosen the fanciest bed, but he chose the floor instead.
After 10 years he still doesn’t complain of his backaches and pain.
From the bed to the floor for he loves her more.