Helen Rousseau


Author, Interfaith Minister

Early Childhood Education:

A Memoir in Verse



Early Childhood Education is a small book of 28 poems aboout my first seventeen years of life.  It's about a disconnected family life, growing up in fear of sin, being taught by nuns, and my difficulty in understanding things because of ADHD.

I dedicated this work to my parents because I spent many years of my adult life trying to understand them, learn to have compassion for them and eventually to forgive them.



Please see the poetry section to see some of these poems..












Coming to the Edge:

Fifty Poems for Writing and Healing


The fifty poems in this book were written in the past twelve years and reflect my process of searching for my own path, for clarity and to express fears and longings. As I struggled to find my true voice, writing poetry enabled me to share deep pain and doubt.. I dealt with my upbringing in the Catholic Church, my frustration with trying to live an authentic life within its boundaries, and my eventual realization that the Divine cannot be defined by our human minds. I also dealt with PTSD from childhood experiences and from too many years in an abusive relationship. Reading memoirs, self-help books and using affirmations, gave me the courage to draw from my inner resources, even though I thought I had none left.


With each poem is a prompt or two to launch your own writing or drawing/doodling. My hope is that my poems will be a springboard for your own thoughts and expression; a tool to discover your own answers. There is a suggested affirmation with each poem.


See the Poetry section to get a glimpe of my work.


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