Him Reincarnated

April 08,2009
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Talia Rivera( )

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

As I waited for the bail magistrate in the police station’s lobby, I read the walls. A plaque honoring a fallen officer read, “Dear Lord, be good to me the sea is so wide and my boat is so small.” (An Irish fisherman’s prayer.) I looked at the mug shots of the level three sex offenders. They included my Uncle Darnell. I shook my head in embarrassment. My mother sat on the bench with her head hung low, quiet until she said, “I had a flashback of him yelling, ‘Bitch! Bitch!’ before he slapped me.” He was reincarnated in her. “This time I was stronger,” she said. “I pressed my knee into your sister’s chest, choking her as I screamed, ‘This is what your father use to do to me.’”
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