Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Bare Arms

MAG 126

artwork by Jack Vettriano
photograph courtesy Tess Kinkaid, Magpie Tales

No more the terrible fear when 
The door closed
No more the drunken
Footstep on the stair
The door is closed

No more the angry clenched fist
Across her face
No more the breaking
Of a bleeding heart
The door is closed

No more tears to be cried
As fire rages
No more broken bones 
Ashes to ashes
Behind the closed door

No more dark glasses to hide
The purple welts
No more dark lies 
Bare arms show
That door has closed


Barbara M Lake ©
Trinidad WI
July 2012 



 
 

25 comments:

  1. Loved this piece! Very sensitive and poignant. Beautiful take on the prompt!

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  2. Overwhelming ... far too many women live in fear, in pain, abused. Closing the door ~ healthy and life affirming for women who have the strength.

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    1. Yes they do and thank God I can only write from imagination.

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  3. Excellent story, and hopefully for her and others like her the door will stayed closed.

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    1. Yes I hope so too when those who cannot find the courage to leave, eventually do.

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  4. gorgeous! you had me at "bare arms." & i read along intrigued and terribly interested... this is such a beautiful and powerful poem.

    (thank you so much for your messages you left:)!)

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    1. all I could think of was bare arms when I saw the picture and wanted somehow to relate how they could now be uncovered - no more bruises.

      You're very welcome.

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  5. I hope the door was slammed shut!

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    1. It slammed shut forever when he went up in flames in the crematorium! Ashes to ashes.

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  6. So it's finished! No more reason to share and no more sufferings. It can come to this when feelings fade. Nice write Bee!

    Hank

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  7. So poignant and strong. My first hubby was a bit of a git - so I can relate to this. Door well and truly slammed 26 years ago!

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    1. Thank God that door is well and trully shut. No one should put up with that.

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  8. A powerful write Bee.....I know many like Helena can relate to these strong words.

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    1. Thank you Carrie. She cut a sad figure but I wanted more from her. Yes they can but should never have to.

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  9. Powerful...it's a brave woman to close the door...

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    1. It is indeed. But many do without the abusers having to die first.

      Your Mags sometimes bring out my darkest side!!!

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  10. I love the finality of that last line. That door has closed.

    And not a moment too soon!

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