Standing Proud and Standing Tall by Robin Poor Bear

Posted on April 4, 2013

Read the poem featured in this week’s broadcast of Kind Hearted Woman, a David Sutherland film about Robin Poor Bear, a mother on a journey to heal the wounds of abuse and protect her children from the same fate. Join our online forum and screening today at 11am PT / 2pm ET to meet and chat live with Robin. Moderating the conversation will be Shirley Sneve, Executive Director of Vision Maker Media. Login to the screening at



By  Robin Poor Bear

 Standing Proud Recording by Robin

I stand here in front of you standing proud and standing tall

To remind you of when you knocked me down and watched me fall

The mean and hateful things you'd say helped me to see

Exactly how much you really loved me

As time went on I hoped and I prayed

For health and happiness to come my way

I know he was listening the CREATOR does care

I just need to stay sober, to become more aware

My spirit is Strong and cannot be broken or beat


At a very young age I was told "this man is your father"

But what kind of dad could rape and beat his own daughter.

My innocence was stolen throughout my childhood

Dirty Disgusting men putting their hands where they could.

I grew up and waited for that one day to come

Where I would remind them of what they had done.

One by one I told them off and I could see fear in their eyes

They too denied it as they covered it with lies.

I faced everyone of them I felt my spirit grow stronger

They can't control my life or my fears no longer

Now like you they seem smaller not like big men at all

While I am walking away Proud and Tall


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