Reflections in a Mirror

Mirror, mirror, faded glass: What’s that I see? It’s me. I’m lonely and fearful; A mouse tiny, insignificant; Overlooked, unseen, unnoticed. I’ll never be good enough… ….will I? Mirror, mirror, painted glass: What’s that I see? It’s me. I’m manipulated and worthless; A mangy dog begging for attention; Kicked, bruised, eating my own vomit. I’ll […]

No Escape

Who am I really? Can somebody tell me? It’s dark in here Smoke and screams Is that me? Something pierced my eyes My cheeks are wet This tongue is coated, swollen Someone stop that damn buzzing! Grasping to understand What was my name? Didn’t I have one once? It began with Wretched Why am I […]

Hook, Line, and Sinker

she watches her poetic words wriggling and squirming on her hook wrapping and skewering them until they writhe in pain even as they try to leap from the page for her words know they’re bait wanting to warn her unwitting prey they’re sure to lure to its demise ppzzzzzzz-plunk! she casts those words far random […]

Soul Harlot

What am I doing? A piece of me dying every day. Every night. I’m slicing off pieces of myself, giving them away for free. The things we do for money… am I even human anymore? He ravishes my body but my mind is far, far away. Anywhere but here. I stopped scrubbing my skin long […]

I Am Origami

I pulled all your old love notes out of the special box I keep tucked away in the closet. I haven’t read them in… well, a really long time. Every so often I’ve pulled it, the box that is, down and held it in my lap. I could never bring myself to untie the string […]

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 […]