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#SoCS Feb. 20/16 – Doubled-Over #poetry

February 20, 2016

for Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Prompt: “contraction”



I’m bent in pain, doubled-over
a heart-ache so severe
the agony, the agony
of a love gone so wrong

you promised sunshine days
and moon-lit nights
I didn’t expect walks in the park
but nothing prepared me for this

your contradictions fierce
your demands unbearable
your tirades frightening
your fists unrelenting

these years of abuse
both mental and physical
have shattered me
even my bones have crumbled

I tripped-up, stumbled
crushed these rosy-glasses
these contractions will never end
dare I stay? I mustn’t

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


  1. “Powerful description of abusive relationships — I mustn’t is so strong,” she exclaimed.

  2. Actions speak louder than words, don’t they?

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