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To remember is to not forget...

He said;
“I love you more than
Life itself…”
As he longingly looked into
Her eyes
Brought flowers and
Showered her with the
Best intentions.
She bought the whole lot
Kit and caboodle…
And
Why not?
He was handsome
Well Spoken
Highly educated
And
Came from a
Respectable family…
There was no sign post saying;
“Dangerous road caution ahead …”

Time passed and so
They wed.

But like all switches
They can trip
And this one
Blew apart…
Alcohol fuelled;
A maelstrom of blows
Underscored by
Verbal abuse played out.

Half a lifetime has passed
Yet her nights remain his
To stalk…
Her memories bare witness
To what has otherwise
Disappeared;
Putrid finger prints on
Tortured flesh
Missing clumps of hair
Haunted eyes blackened
For no extra charge…
And always
Lingering at the back
Of her throat
Is a taste so foul
For it is
The fear that he might
Drag her back…

29th November

To remember is to not forget...

su2anne

Balmain East, Australia

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white ribbon day…
a time to be reminded that violence against women in any form is unconscionable. In Australia 1 in 3 women will experience domestic violence over the age of 15 and a woman dies every week from a ‘loved one’, ‘one who used to be’ or ‘is in the circle of trust’…you can run but you can not hide… even from yourself…
some eventually escape to find that they continue to be haunted by memory…
most people have a story… this is mine…
this is a poem about that
Featured Groups: “The World As We See It, or as we missed it.” “Exceptional Everyday Women.” Writing Of the Week! The Editors Weekly Choice November 26th – December 2nd, 2012
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