Maria Sharon Moemise

Bronze Star - 2,100 Points (17 November 1965 / Randfontein)

No! - Poem by Maria Sharon Moemise

No By Sharon Maria Moemise

Cast in concrete, memories of when
I became a woman, forced by men
All I feared became a reality just as
the traces of childhood ran past

Shadows, whafting a stale sweat smell
Grabbing at me just as I fell
No one heard me shouting, screaming
No! They pushed, breathing, heaving

A child ran past, looking, seeing
A girl frightened, stripped of her being
No-one listened, five beasts saw
As I crawled away, shamed, beaten raw

No! A woman's cry, a girl's plea...
A sigh, a moan... A spirit set free
The decision to bear your shame
Tainted woman, that's your name

Pain, hurt and mostly the shame
Knowing, not telling, accepting blame
A childhood robbed, cruelly stolen
A web of vengeance, hate, slowly woven.

Topic(s) of this poem: abuse

Form: Free Verse

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Since most of my poems are based on actual happenings, this one held great meaning for me and for everyone out their who have been a victim of such terrible crime. The ability to go on is so much better when one finds an outlet or a way to tell one's story without the fear of feeling completely exposed

Comments about No! by Maria Sharon Moemise

  • (7/8/2017 9:16:00 PM)

    Thank you sister. I know your feelings. (Report) Reply

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  • Kim Barney (7/8/2017 1:36:00 PM)

    It took courage to write about this. No one should ever have to go through that. (Report) Reply

  • Ellen Mcgowan (7/17/2016 5:23:00 PM)

    For a long time I couldn't even say it out loud. Thank you (Report) Reply

  • Ellen Mcgowan (7/17/2016 7:04:00 AM)

    I love all your poetry, but this one really touched home. (Report) Reply

    Maria Sharon Moemise (7/17/2016 2:15:00 PM)

    Thank you, Ellen. It meant a lot to me to be able to write it.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 26, 2015

Poem Edited: Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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