Something From The Woman I Left Behind Poem by Shirley Anne Alexander

Something From The Woman I Left Behind

Rating: 5.0


1978,
the seventh anniversary of our marriage
we spent the night in a van,
on top of Brasstown Bald mountain.

He slipped a pistol under the mattress
and said we would be safe
from robbers.

Vandals wear many disguises
and the violated learns, eventually,
to recognize the mask.

2 a.m.,
wrapped in my own arms,
the scent of his whiskey on my neck,
bruises on bare trembling legs;
I stood naked before the moon.

In cold October air,
had to find my way back
to me.


© Shirley Alexander

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Tammy Hendrix 09 June 2021

This is profoundly sad. Short but powerful.

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Laurie Hill 29 January 2009

Your write is so sad and captures despair so vividly........10

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Rani Turton 13 June 2008

So terrible and poignant. 'Vandals wear many disguises'. How true and how sad that sometimes they are disguised in the people we love or think we love. All the best, Shirley.

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James B. Earley 12 June 2008

A poignant message of angst and redemption! Be well........

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Shirley Anne Alexander

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Somewhere under heaven, Georgia, USA
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