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Be calm, they say.
You're overreacting, they say.
It's not that major, they say.
It may not even happen, they say.
Don't stress over it, they say...
All sound advice,
Of that I will admit.
But it calms me none.
They don't understand.
Such fears have never been theirs.
They know not the pain.
But I do.
I know what it's like to cower.
I know what it's like to be humiliated
I know true despair.
A Voice that makes me jump.
A scent that freezes my breath.
I've run in fear.
I've screamed in pain.
I've begged for him to stop,
And cried when he continued.
I've even kissed Death at his hand.
For four years now I have known freedom.
I have known happiness away from my prison.
Bruises have healed on the outside.
Some scarring still left within.
I could breathe without permission.
But now he claims to return.
To live near once more.
Outside I appear strong.
I must for my daughters.
But inside, I still feel so weak.
I have to fight his continued control.
I cannot let him win forever.
It was easier
dead dog julyI.
the summer heat lays limp in the city’s lap,
breathing long oppressive breaths.
it does not even lift its lolling head
to bark out hoarse indignancy
when a strange man brings the mail.
there might be heavy rain today,
brought by some swollen, murmuring cloud.
the world will whirl and howl,
then settle down,
to die a little more.
o, quickly, love,
press your back against the wall in fear
as the universe spreads her arms and
shuts her eyes
and starts to summon the end of all things.
come with me
to the place of windows full of speechless afternoon
hot windy whispers of half-formed solutions and resolutions,
sweltering sunlit meadows we’ll wander and then forget.
o quickly, love,
let’s to the season of forgetting
and unwind all of our harshest memories
and fill the universe’s mouth
with mute cotton.
i’ll whisper these words to you some evening
with all my exigency in the hand i rest on your arm—
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