There Are No Words

We should be boxed
and ribboned,
candy everyone wants,
a sweet we give
and pass around,
but say nothing
and be eaten.

There are no words
we can use, when yes
is whore language
and no becomes a knife
in the chest

or acid in the eyes
he said
were beautiful
before they looked elsewhere,

before the legs
so slim and easily broken
choose to walk
somewhere else

when they should have been
running.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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17 Responses to There Are No Words

  1. no woman should ever be treated thusly

  2. Alice Keys says:

    Your words grabbed me by the heart, dug in their sharpened fingernails and flashed me back to my younger relationship years. It’s refreshing to read your voice of truth. Well written. Thanks.

  3. bwcarey says:

    great story, the need to control, in the minds of so many, let it flow as they say

  4. Susan, this is beautiful but sad! Coerced and terrorised to stay love is coarse, is violence, is violation.

  5. Reblogged this on visionvoiceandviews and commented:
    this is poetry!

  6. Patricia Nyandoro says:

    Struck a raw code..
    Will it ever end?
    Will it stop?
    The spiritual, mental, physical, emotional violations?
    So we can be?

  7. Starralee says:

    Oh wow! This came at me like gang-busters.

  8. potterfan97 says:

    I felt this in my gut. Wow.

  9. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    “when yes/ is whore language”

    That is going to stay with me.

    Women can’t say no and they can’t say in many circles, can they?

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