Calm Space

And I’m searching for that calm space in my mind, as his hand is around my throat and he’s biting my shoulder and I can’t move and he’s fucking me, telling me it’s love and he’s the only one who truly loves me but I can’t move and my safe-word meant nothing and he tells […]

No Other Way

To you, it’s easy ‘Just leave him’, you say As if it’s just that simple Thing is, there’s love in his fists And affection in his eyes He always whispers ‘I love you’ As he doles out the beatings And reminds her he never Wants to hurt her She’s lucky, you see To have him […]

Take It Away!

take it all away! she screamed as her fists hit the mirror over and over again the regrets and abuse and missteps and misuse the hurt and the tears and the cold accusations the voices they came from all different directions a sister, a mother, a lover, a husband she stooped and she bowed filled […]

Lessons in Pain

Pain You’ve made me who I am today I should thank you I really should From the crushing of my young soul To the tearing of my child’s body Can’t forget the burning of callous words Or the maiming of my wounded spirit Not to mention the repeated ripping out of my feathers I should […]

Listen Carefully

you didn’t listen when she cried as there were bumps in the night you didn’t listen when she saw a witch in the wood you didn’t listen when she did her best in class you didn’t listen when she failed you didn’t listen to her sobbing when she didn’t make the team you didn’t listen […]

The Release of Shame

When I was in high school, Jeremiah was my best friend. I lived the farthest away from that rural school than anyone else, over in the next town. Every school morning my mom would drive me the mile from our house to the elementary school to get on an elementary school bus which would drive […]

Little Red

running along dark twisting paths she dare not glance behind her she knows it is fangs and drool and glowing eyes that haunt her she trips but regains her balance keeps running, keeps running her skin damp with fear unwashed hair covers her eyes how long has she run like this her terror, his eyes, […]

Shroud

this grey feathered mist curls around my ankles raw and damp and mucid wraps its icy fingers up my shin my rattling knees bend and collapse how many breaths taken before surrender holds my hand before the deep mist swallows me in echoes and shadows and cold shivers and haunted sighs (I wonder why I […]

Through The Window

The first time she climbed through my bedroom window in the middle of the night I was ten and she was eight. She didn’t say anything, just clung to me beneath my purple unicorn blanket and quivered. I wrapped my arms around her and held her and cried without a word because the truth was, […]

3:27am (Insomnia)

It would be a mercy killing, right? I hesitate. The boy can’t be more than five. But his eyes are dead and he shows no emotion. He has been drowned and resurrected so many times I wonder how he still lives. He harbors no hope for himself and neither do I. There are scars where […]