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


Ben Pickard 2018


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  • 1 year ago

    by Jamie

    As an abuse survivor I know every word that was spoken here. I feel the pain of this poem and what this person is going through in theory at least. This poem may make a lot of people squamish but you have done well to your use your voice to speak out about a topic that many people are mum about and in a lot of ways you could say this is a taboo subject because of quiet people get. As maryanne stated I don't think there needs to be any words to describe what you have said.

    I think to a lot of people the visuals/imagery could be too much, but reality this is truly what happens with abuse, especially when it is women vs man. Especially a big man like a hulk so to speak. So I applaud the visuals in the sense that you did not hold anything back. Because I do believe people who have not been abused need to know what happens. It is not a pretty sight.

    One last thing, I truly love the ending because I as stated above loved that you called people out for seeing it happen but not stopping it from happening. We are blinded by our own fear it seems. And I truly think this is the world nowadays. Anyway. This poem truly does deserve all the praise it has gotten for its honesty and courage to speak it.

  • 1 year ago

    by Mark

    Congrats! Lovely win!

  • 1 year ago

    by mossgirl19

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

  • 1 year 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 year ago

    by Em (marmite)

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

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