Redacted: C. Fay Shlanda

Redact
To obscure
Withdrawing
The removal of information
There are edited circumstances to consider
Its use has become second nature to my survival

Images that would haunt me, no longer exist
Gone are the phrases used to keep me silent
Pains that wracked me, have been edited down
Retracted are fears that once held me in place

Redact
To censor
Abolishing
The elimination of materials
There are blank spaces in my memory
The practice is used to keep me safe from myself