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Girl Rising

To live under oppression is terrible
watching every word you utter
never quite sure what sets him off
what he laughs at one day, the next
a flying fist smashes you to the floor

Always fearful, guts in a spin of tension
listening at night for the creak of stairs
knowing you will be brutally raped
just an object, a chattel to be used 
the heartache, pain and despair.

The feeling of helplessness abounds
you wake one morning to find
all is quiet, not even sounds of snoring
fearfully you walk through the house.

Then, there he lies bloated not moving
he has drowned in his own vomit
a kind policeman takes your hand
leads you off to see a doctor 

Who is shocked by your battered body
tenderly they question you 
stunned into silence by your words
you are taken to a pretty home

A kindly woman cares for you
suddenly at the age of 14
you are finally free of him
can go out when you like
even finally have some friends

And are able to say what you want
with no fear of flying fists lashing out
baffled, bewildered you slowly adapt
savouring the greatest gift of all

Freedom, yes Freedom, so priceless
the chains of oppression have slipped away
after 14 years of being humiliated and oppressed
suddenly a new world opens up before you
where the choices are limited only by yourself

                 FREEDOM


written 07/ 21/2013

contest: Girl Rising

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  1. Date: 8/9/2013 11:17:00 AM
    Shadow, this is such a gripping poem full of harsh reality and so well expressed. Just absolutely stunning work ... congrats :)

  1. Date: 8/7/2013 6:45:00 PM
    Too many women live this life I am so glad this one won free! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 8/6/2013 2:25:00 PM
    awesome story in this winning poem, Shadow. Big congratulations to you.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/7/2013 5:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Andrea ty very much glad you like it Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/6/2013 7:35:00 AM
    Shadow this broke my heart then filled my spirit...with hope....congratulations on your win....

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/7/2013 5:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Donna glad it filled your spirit ty Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 8:58:00 PM
    Congratulations on a wonderful win, Shadow! Annalise

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/7/2013 5:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    ty so much Annalise also for reading Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 7:30:00 PM
    Outstanding piece, congratulations! Thanks for your entry.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/7/2013 5:51:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Richard Ty for running contest good entries in it. TY for placing my work Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 2:01:00 PM
    Shadow this is a beautiful poem, and well deserving of a win, congrats....peter

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Peter Ty so much means a lot Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 10:14:00 AM
    Very emotional & deep...excellent write shadow...congratulations on your well deserved win:) cherie

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 4:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Cherie yes it is Ty for your comments and congrats Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 9:56:00 AM
    Shadow....this is such a clear....clear look into the life of a woman who is abused...the physical abuse translated into psychological scarring for life. Your write made me go through it and feel the fear, hopelessness, and relief! Superb write...heartfelt congrats on this.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 4:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Eileen you are so kind Ty very encouraging Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 9:50:00 AM
    :-) Congratulations!!! ~SKAT~

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 4:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ty Scat appreciated Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 9:01:00 AM
    Shadow, ... Congratulations in Richard's "Girl Rising." contest.... always *LINDA

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 4:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    hi Linda and ty so much Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 8:50:00 AM
    great one shadow.I love this poem.Congrats on your win.(:c Jenish

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 4:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Jenish hi ty for lovely comments and congrats Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 8:34:00 AM
    Yes,lady freedom is priceless...Lovely piece,Shadow..Congrats on your well deserved win....

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 8/5/2013 8:46:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi OA and ty for your time reading and congrats Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 11:12:00 AM
    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was a winner when you wrote it excellent thoughts written herte thank you so much for sharing. Loved it poet

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 7/28/2013 1:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Ty Sean glad you enjoyed it Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 8:37:00 AM
    It is beautiful and philosophical. Certainly a winner. Good luck in the contest. G.

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 7/21/2013 8:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Giorgio so nice of you ty for spending time reading Shadow x smiles
  1. Date: 7/21/2013 5:16:00 AM
    - Yes freedom, is very priceless !!!! - Well done Shadow !!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 7/21/2013 8:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    truly so Anne Ty for stopping in Shadow x smiles