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Child Abuse - Poem by susan slattery
Prev Poem. Next Poem. My whole life, my father abused me. For as long as I can remember, he'd hit me, touch me, and say terrible things to me. I always thought I was alone.
Kids get pressed down tight in rooms — closed rooms with bare soft furnishing — fresh flowers tunnelled, forced to blooms, re-fertilised, kept promising. Sweet words lead children out of schools; Slapped love can tender skin and tongues. Big men can muster round in pools insensitive to gasps from lungs. My therapists and friends are big supports. Nothing that I did went through the courts as my response to my misdeeds fell true so no addictions grew from grooming thoughts.
In a wave both disturbing and necessary, sexual assault—an old, pervasive, societal ill—has taken over the news cycle. Meanwhile, women from all walks of life have shared their own experiences with harassment, assault, and rape. Yrsa Daley-Ward, a British poet of Jamaican and Nigerian descent, has experienced her share of harassment and objectification. She has also written about it in her deeply personal, uncomfortably honest collection of poems, bone. One poem in particular, which gives the collection its title, describes several episodes of sexual abuse perpetrated by different predators. Abuse like this is all the more horrifying when treated like an invisible tear in the fabric of life—violence that forever alters one life is followed by small talk and, at most, fleeting guilt from the other.
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