Too Much To Read? Good

by Ben Pickard   Sep 9, 2018


blueberry bruises burst
across peach skin
as her veins explode like
squashed grapes

Bludgeoned, beaten -
Lying prostrate in claret from every
Orifice, she is now another of his
Ornaments: broken, humiliated and
Destined to be just another statistic

we cannot ever
punish the perpetrators
with our eyes wide shut

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Ben Pickard 2018

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  • 4 days ago

    by Mark

    Congrats! Lovely win!

  • 6 days ago

    by mossgirl19

    You have so poetically expressed these sentiments Ben...great imagery...awesome work...congrats on the win!

  • 1 week ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    I don't have words to describe what you already did, so emotionally and with that raw, unflinching truth. How true that we have to open our eyes... especially when it can become routine for us to shrink back if we see signs of abuse or by saying "it's none of our business" or "they're a good family/couple". I feel like sometimes we as a society can harbor this bias if we personally know the person who is doing the abuse, and in a way we excuse or pardon them because our thoughts are "I don't think they could ever be capable of something like that".

    This made me think of way too many things. I also hear a lot of people saying to "just leave", as if it's ever that simple in a situation like this, with any kind of abusive relationship. I actually get kind of angry when the common reaction is to put ALL the burden on the victims to speak up, when often their hands are tied and it's not always safe. What's even scarier is how a person can think they deserve this, because there are so many mind games that come along with any kind of abuse... and it's never as simple as the surface.

    Hard to read piece but necessary.

  • 1 week ago

    by Em (marmite)

    Ben you're right I know.... It got me, it got me good!!! Damn man pass me the tissues X

  • 1 week ago

    by Maple Tree

    this is damn good....

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