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I’ve hidden behind dumpsters, in alleys,
And under the schoolhouse steps 
But Mr. Ted always finds me
And puts his hands up my dress,
While squeeze-squeezing my breasts

I would tell, but I want to live
And I’m afraid Sue Ellen’s dead
He used to give her his “gift”
Before he took me instead
And made me lick-lick his head

As I get older I’m pushing blades
Into my scarred up wrist
Somehow it makes the reality fade -
Cleanse- cleansing the dirtiness
Of his eyes, his words, his fists…

With a little more bleeding, I could be free
And sailing towards the sky
Never to see or feel his need
Poke-poking me against my thigh -
Thighs of steel are a lie

Would anyone miss me if I died?
Would anyone care besides Ted?
Would Mommy finally acknowledge the lies
Bleed-bleeding the water bright red? 
Or would she again, bury her head?  


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  1. Date: 4/30/2014 9:20:00 PM
    SUSAN, this is a sweet win:) Congratulations, <3 always ~SKAT~ <3

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 7:20:00 PM
    Susan, again seeing this one and I am reminded how well you do with this type of poetry, so gritty. One that deserves an even better score! Congrats in PD's contest.

  1. Date: 4/26/2014 8:30:00 AM
    Hola, Susan, ,Congratulations. <3 Thank you so much for supporting my contest. If you like, -stop by my latest blog "Dinner Date" Enjoy the tiny tribute to all the winning poems. Here's the link, just in case you're one of the new poets. ***Have a Nice Day*** LINDA

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 3:56:00 PM
    A very emotional write and well deserved win.

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 2:50:00 PM
    Congrats on your win Susan, hard to believe things like this happen but it is the unacceptable world today, so sad, don't we all wish we could save everyone from this abuse, much love to ya, debra

  1. Date: 2/26/2013 10:46:00 AM
    Many congratulations on your win poppet xx

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 5:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win. Well deserved. Connie

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 7:55:00 AM
    So sad and powerful Susan!

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 7:15:00 AM
    Full of pain....a great poem...congrats on the win!

  1. Date: 2/25/2013 5:51:00 AM
    Congratulations! :)

  1. Date: 2/24/2013 9:49:00 PM
    Hi Susan, ... congratulations with your awesome deep and darken poem* GOODNIGHT!!! xox~LINDA

  1. Date: 8/16/2012 9:46:00 AM
    Holy, man, Susan, I am so sorry I took so long to get here. Hun, you gutted me. This is art in every sense of the word. This has the quality of Sylvia Plath. I'm not crappin' ya. The repetition gives it the blade thrust, the childish sing-song mingling with the horrid reality. I'll be posting my blog tonight, soup newsletter, about poems that Kill us softly. I could have used yours as a prime example. Gold worthy. If you had put it into my contest, I would have caused grumbles by placing it high

  1. Date: 8/2/2012 3:47:00 AM
    A powerful write Susan, too sad nonetheless. Its tragic such a thing should happen. Thank you for your sweet words on my page.

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 11:41:00 PM
    It was very nice to see you stop by my go and stop by my messenger... and yes...I would miss you...I miss you already... your poem cuts real deep my friend SUSAN... wait wait... can i poke you with a stick if you i just had too add a little bit of humor... love your poem...pd

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 4:49:00 PM
    Susan, I know you like that red for the title. but I still think something else would be better. Maybe just simply "bleeding" or "Bleed Bleeding" Since she is bleeding emotionally as well as physically. WOuld Ted be like a stepdad or something. I don't remember when I first saw this that you mentioned a sue ellen having disappeared. Sounds so ominous!

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 3:59:00 PM
    Give me his Adress and he won't do that again. Ever

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 3:57:00 PM
    Wow I read this twice and it makes me angry that this happens. No punishment is enough. Powerful write my dear sweet Susan. Hugs in the nice way always Michael

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 2:36:00 PM
    Sad that this sort of thing happens around the world and goes unreported and continues going on..I am glad that you chose this topic..Great idea and presentation..Thanks for stopping by...Sara

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 1:25:00 PM
    Unfortunately, this is an all too common happstance. Gripping words! Peace & Love Matthew Anish

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 9:16:00 AM
    p.s. sorry but I don't like the title, to me it sounds like your are 'ready ' to accept it, twisted bastard is what I would have called it...fight back with words that is your sword....

    Susan Avatar Black Eyed Susan
    Date: 8/1/2012 9:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I just changed it to red-ready, but I don't think it's any better. back to the drawing board. sigh...