Katy Sanders

If I Had the Answer Would I Still Ask the Question?

What does it mean to be raped?
Forcible entry –
Force of saying no
Force of saying yes to no
A stranger on the bus
The man you say “I love you” too
The brother, the father
The friend
What does it mean to be raped?
No charge, no tale, no proof.
No semen.
Old bruises, faded. Fading.
Rape – to scream, oh to scream.
If it is your brother, father, friend
“Man” you love
Only inside
To say – RAPE –
I was raped
The shame – the guilt
Oh the guilt
What does it mean to be raped?
Once – twice – for a year?
The sisters…all their life.
How long?
How long can it last?
The anger, the lies.
What does it mean to be raped?
To be fucked when you say no.
To be torn inside.
Screaming NO – HE –
Whispers I love you.
Carving Initials
Skin is crying
Tears are blood
What does it mean to be raped?
No proof – no rape?
No words for years
To say…rape.
What does it mean to be raped?

Submitted: Tuesday, December 27, 2005

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  • Monica Rafaela (8/11/2007 9:43:00 PM)

    hey i know what if feels like to be raped it happend to me years ago and then jsut the other night it almost happend again by my stepfather he dint do it but when he approched me adn tol me what he wanted from me it felt like being raped all over agian its not a good thing to go through and jsut when i thought it would be safe it almost happens again luckly i got out intime so he couldnt do anyhtign i cant even walk in my house without looking over my shoulder anymore but i agree with teh fact that the question has no answer (Report) Reply

  • S M (1/26/2006 5:04:00 PM)

    Omg. You Just put some of my life into words this made me bawl my eyes out.You are a great writer I'm absolutely in love with this poem. Keep Your Head Up. (Report) Reply

  • David Darbyshire (12/27/2005 5:20:00 AM)

    Heavey Poem Katy...but I suppose someone should write about it..good job, , hard but true I guess, Try and smile dave xxxxx (Report) Reply

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