Open Letter to an Abuser of Women -------------------------------------------
Every rapist in a made-for-television movie
has your face.
I wonder how long it will take
for me to be able to walk past
a yellow Mustang and not feel
my heart take off at a full gallop,
like a thousand feral horses
driven by fear.
Every man that has ever hurt a woman
and went unpunished is you.
And yet, I can't bring myself to cry wolf because
I am terrified that they will think
that crying wolf is all
that it is.
You're all of the worst things that the world has to offer.
I cannot think of any form of medieval torture that would ever
hurt you enough
to make you understand
how deep my wounds go
and how the scars
I must admit that I came here expecting to find another whiny rant from somebody who has never experienced pain.
Instead I am confronted with one of the best pieces of poetry I have seen in a long time.
While your spacing is erratic I feel it gives a good tempo for the thought process although I did read few of the stanzas as one whole line.
If this is not a true story I congratulate you one capturing the essence of the moment and if it is true I congratulate you on putting your feelings into words and hope that it helps the healing.