Draw a line in sand
She’s the border of one side and the other
At times unteathered
There’s a mystique to change if it’s bidden
And if not …
Galloping down flights of stairs in Wellington boots
Doors unlatched, bodies surge toward the wild
Leaving behind tables of cups and saucers
A black current stain on her dress, she didn’t
Care what others thought
Letting little boys see her private parts, beneath the weeping willow
Hers was the reaction
A swinging, uncovered, naked lightbulb
Denied its right to be switched off, to sleep without searching hand
She learned, the way of obedience, had a sharp taste in her throat
Better climb out, scale the walls, tear your hands than
Be mounted with his collection on a pinkering wall
To dessicate and lose color, for each pulse of his filthy yen
A gamble necessary to quit and never look back
Running on bare feet with feathers in her mouth
If she left the earth would she sink or float?
Going over the edge, empty-handed and savage
Yet .. children survive
Incomplete and clean of doubt
Their enemy known, in the family photo
13 thoughts on “Family photo”
So strong. Really killer writing.
A difficult subject. I couldn’t look away as the story unfolded.
You are so brilliant. ❤
There are secrets hidden in family photos, visible only to one willing to remember, having escaped.
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TheFeatheredSleep – Memory stirred by photo
Current issue here – ‘child protection’ (ie. poor/lack of) services have a lot to answer for
A stunning vehicle
Your delving into photo frame, breaks the pristine picture into pieces.
Bringing to light what normally stays hidden in darkness is how change & healing begins. You do that with your writing C. ღ
Very strong, courageous words composed with integrity and beauty. There are lines and their images here that are among the most magical I’ve ever read. Unforgettable!
Thank you so much dearest friend that means a great deal to me and is so encouraging and appreciated. I appreciate you dearly.
and I you
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