Hello, this is Susie Clevenger and I want to wish each of you a Happy New Year! I am hoping this will be a wonderful and blessed year for each one of us.
When Kerry sent out the call to see if we would be interested in starting the new year with collaborative poems I gave a hearty thumbs up! Little did I know that I would be working with Kerry and ours would be the first out of the gate. Kerry knew there was a subject that was dear to my heart and she made the suggestion that we write a poem about it.
Hands of Hope ~ You Are Not Alone
Image ~ Duddeston Station ~ Elliot Brown
You wicked child!
And little hands beaten,
Locked in a cupboard all afternoon.
Who speaks for the children’s
when parents are to blame?
I will hold you in your pain.
You are not to blame
for the evil stripes brutal hands
placed upon your body.
I raised the cry to see the
You will never be locked
in darkness again.
You filthy tramp!
And a fist to the other eye,
Kicked to the floor while babies cry.
Who hears the women’s pleas
when husbands are to blame?
Sister, rise from your bruising.
We have heard your voice!
Compassion is now your sanctuary.
Words and fists can no longer batter you.
Their rage has been assigneda number and metal bars.
You stupid old goat!
And a rough hand at the throat,
Left naked all night in a stripped-down bed.
Stinky old fool!
Who protects the aged fathers
from unspeakable shame
when children are to blame?
Sir, can you hear me?
This is your home now.
This is your home now.
You are safe from hands
that stole your dignity.
You are a veteran decorated
with stars and stripes.
There will be no more wounds
of domestic battle only honor
for a soldier who fought a war for me.
From reading the poem it is easy to discern the topic is abuse. It is a subject I am very familiar with and am passionate about doing what I can to stop and prevent it. Kerry wrote her part as the aggressor and I chose to write my part as the person who gave a helping hand to bring someone out of abuse. She wondered if it was too tough a topic to begin a new year discussing, but I believe it is a perfect time to focus on change. Each one of us can do our part to see these atrocities ended.
I have included some resources that offer assistance to those who have suffered abuse.
As poets this is a way we could give our poetic voice to a cause that focuses on violence against women.
Woman Scream Poetry Festival