Morney Wilson

Rookie (3rd April 1969 / Edinburgh)

The Rapist Who Pays The Rent - Poem by Morney Wilson

The faceless stranger in a dark alleyway,
He jumps, he grabs, he takes – no he won’t pay.
Once there was blue calm, now red seethes the fear.
No I won’t tell you. You know you won’t hear.

The familiar boy I call my friend,
We're lovers - lovers without an end.
No horror, no fear, no darkness, no knife.
No threat to my safety, no threat to my life.

The constant fear when out at night.
Never lose hearing, never lose sight.
Walk tall, walk strong, don't look forlorn.
It started, it started the day you were born.

I've read the advice, I've read it all
But now I need what I can't recall.
I never realised, I never knew
The attack, the attack could come from you.

Familiar boy turns to faceless stranger
The alley, the home, both can scream danger.
No need for a gun, no need for a knife,
The weapon of love can threaten my life.

The familiar boy I called my friend.
He jumped, he grabbed, he took – no, it won’t mend.
Once there was blue calm, now red seethes the fear.
No I won’t tell you. You know you won’t hear.

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  • (1/12/2019 5:06:00 AM)

    wow good poem. scathing, explosive. the alienation is real. (Report) Reply

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  • (1/12/2019 5:05:00 AM)

    wow good! scathing, mind bending, explosive. Already Reported Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, June 14, 2007

Poem Edited: Friday, March 11, 2011

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