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Rape or not Rape

He asked his wife for sex one night,
   hoping for pleasure and delight.

She claimed she wasn’t in the mood,
   to strip down to her beautiful nude.

Persistent and not giving up,
   begging like a very young pup.

This went on for about an hour,
   up until the mood went sour.

Finally saying enough is enough,
   she said I’m hurting so nothing rough.

To the bedroom they went with her in tow,
   in her heart not wanting to go.

So on top he climbed and begin to mount,
   her lips sealed quiet as a mouse.

The pain hit like a ton of bricks,
   as her husband continued his fix.

She asked him to stop because it hurt,
   should have raised a large red alert.

Stop he did not continuing to go,
   until she cried and begged him to slow.

Pushing him off in utter pain,
   and all he did was complain.

It was her fault for the pain that she had,
   he exclaimed as he began to get mad.

So my dear readers the question I ask,
   rape or not rape wrapped in a mask.

This is pure rape mixed in the plot,
   she doesn’t think so believe it or not.

Nathan Bane Leccese
©All Rights Reserved 05/28/2009

*Sorry I was not in the best of moods this day when I wrote this.

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  1. Date: 6/17/2009 9:26:00 AM
    This is well Noted.Rape is A Crime.Rape is to: Is to force someone into sexual intercourse.And his not stopping Is Rape.

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 3:38:00 PM
    it is rape abuse and disrespect-he cant be called a man,and more he cant be called a husband--wonderfully penned and very interesting--charma

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 8:55:00 AM
    Very powerful Nate; Since marriage is the binding factor for the two individuals in the scenerio, there are far greater ramifications to consider than rape. However, the poem posed the question and "rape" is the answer, pure and simple; regardless of the ignorance of the participating parties. That said, love can heal all wounds and insults when forgiveness is quick to be administered and liberal. Thanks for the read and the excellent emotional expression. Will, be reading more... Fim

  1. Date: 5/31/2009 8:16:00 AM
    Wow Nate, this is such an intense write. Such a heavy personal subject of man and woman. It's touchy and perhaps not PC for me to say, but this might be 'rape' in both cases. given nothing medical.... "no" should always be respected, having said that, "no" should never be used as a weapon either. It can be as damaging to relationship as any other hurtful word(s)...when repeated for the purpose of. Hard to tell without ref, who might be 'victim' here. Hugs either way, well written!

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 2:32:00 PM
    Very well written poem Nathan, i dare say many people out there would relate to this, tough situation to write about, and you wrote it well, James..

  1. Date: 5/30/2009 3:33:00 AM
    Very sad reality for many. I would say anything forced, is rape. I agree with Chris, to good lovin and happy times. love, Kristin

  1. Date: 5/29/2009 6:35:00 PM
    It is and is not at the same time and you wrote it very well.......

  1. Date: 5/29/2009 5:37:00 PM
    This is not rape but a good piece of art my friend.. love how you tell the story..not cutting corners to make this pretty....grimy and gritty..good poetry....unfortunately you have just written the life story of is to good sex and a lifetime of smiles.

  1. Date: 5/29/2009 5:35:00 PM
    Written very well, but with so much sorrow. Its a fitting title and a question to definetly ponder on. Love Christie

  1. Date: 5/29/2009 5:26:00 PM
    Hearing about something like this reminds women that they have a right to say no and maintain their ground. Years ago I had an illness that made having sex painful. After life-saving surgery in a hospital, my "boyfriend" climbed on top of me. I'll never forget feeling I owed it to him to oblige, even though the experience was very painful. While I wouldn't describe the scenario above as rape in the pure sense, I wish the man had been more compassionate. Excellent work, Nate. Love, Carolyn