Ten Things I Never Tell You

by Sherry Lynn   Sep 13, 2006


Ten years together as man and wife
Ten years living a hellish lie
Never once was it mentioned
That I dreadfully feared your rage

Four years divorced
It is all unchanged
This moment I must tell you
Secrets reserved in excess of a decade

The beatings endured
Left me full of hate
No longer yearning your touch
Searching hysterically for a hideaway

Controlling every decision within our lives
Was merely another of your humiliating traits
Calloused how others felt with judgments made
Pretentious to those steadfast in faith

Thoughts of fleeing with the children
Endeavoring an escape
Habitually irritated my psyche
If I merely had means to getaway

Children weeping nightly
After each prayer said
Longing for an end
Toward the brutality shed

No longer speaking words of loving you
Even if I secretively crave to
Wishing we never met
Then possibly none of this would have been

The biggest secret that I have hid
Shocking it appears to be
Is praying nightly for your death
Violent and brutal may it be

© Sherry Lynn Hull Richardson

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  • 9 years ago

    by BrokenREALiTy

    No longer yearning your touch
    Searching hysterically for a hideaway
    `This gave me one of the most powerful images I've ever imagined from poetry -- the use of "hysterical" made the words so much more potent. I could just feel the emotion.

    The biggest secret that I have hid
    Shocking it appears to be
    Is praying nightly for your death
    Violent and brutal may it be
    `Oh, hauntingly beautiful ending. I've never seen one like it and I respect you dearly for writing these words. Many of my friends get abused and they won't accept hate -- just the pain and the sadness. They wont come straight out and say how they really feel inside because they're so afraid. Thank you, because this gives me hope that one day, they will finally leave and be able to stand up for themselves.

    Now on the typical stuff that I critique people on, the flow was rocky, and the length of stanzas alternated flimsly for me, but despite that, your choice of vocabulary was gripping. It started out subtle, and just burst into climax with a explosion of beautifully picked words.

    Well done.
    ..__MiNDYY

  • 9 years ago

    by TwistedAngel xx

    Beautiful poem
    sorry for ur sadness
    xx

  • 9 years ago

    by xxTaegan Emilyxx

    My heat aches for you and im so glad you are not in this situation anymore. no one deserves that. I loved it, it was so moving and powerful. a great read
    xx
    Taegan Emily

  • 10 years ago

    by Rasheed Khokhar

    This is very very heartfelt feeling.

    Whats a fantasic write....:) 5/5

  • 10 years ago

    by Boy

    You have put here great thoguhts. i like the longing ofwords. how you attach words wiht another stanza words. its an art. you have talent.
    takecare 5/5