Treasure Island

elena winters

(august 11 / joliet illinois)

THE STRANGER I ONCE KNEW


got me here sitting thinking
about the way you have mistreated me
you and i both know that you've changed
a piece of you fade away each and every day
first it was cool then the beatings began
i don't know how things got out of hand

who is this stranger asleep in my bed
i dont know this person i once knew
because he's gone he left me a long time ago

roses, love cards, phone conversations
nothing important but the simple basics
simple i love you simple i love you too
simple your beautiful simple just like blue
black eyes and swollen lips degrading comments
i am nothing i am shit. you spit venom
that burns holes in my skin the usual

who is this stranger asleep in my bed
i don't know this person i once knew
because he's gone he left me a long time ago

fistful of hair dragging me down
hit me so hard it made the world flip
my chest i can't breathe my wind pipe
feels damaged i can't manage
i have to get away but what will he say
what will he do i'm screwed
flashbacks of the last time i tried to leave
i almost died of the pistol whip i recieved
i'm am his property he says i owe him
for everything he's done for me

i am that stranger asleep in his bed
i am that stranger who i once knew
the old me is gone i left me a long time ago

Submitted: Saturday, January 03, 2009
Edited: Friday, January 09, 2009

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  • Reshma Ramesh (2/19/2009 10:35:00 AM)

    dear
    such a sad poem...........if this has happened to u....then u should call the cops..if not then...sad story..well penned (Report) Reply

  • Salu Salu (1/17/2009 2:02:00 AM)

    its the magic of life where bitter n sweet together blend.......
    experience the saddest then to the brightest.... they say, the darkest hour is just before dawn............sharing your feelings and hoping the best /slu (Report) Reply

  • Maia Padua (1/17/2009 1:46:00 AM)

    oh, my...a stranger to your own self...mind's stirring piece
    a poem with very strong lines...very realistic...
    very matured piece....
    all the heartaches, pain are flowing
    vividly pictured as vulnerable woman yet strong....
    ...great words formed into a great piece...
    so convincing....................touching.....10++++++ (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Davidson (1/13/2009 7:24:00 PM)

    This is such a strong write about a terribly sad subject...you have captured it in words so well...thank you for sharing this with us (Report) Reply

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