A good many of my poems are fiction; this one is not. The experience was traumatic, but I can't help being proud that I fought. Wish I could say that I fought every battle I should have. But I have had my moments. Thank you for being here and allowing me to share one of the worst a n d best. 'Pea
To the man who assaulted me in his car
under the highway bridge
just before the turn-off
to Lake Springfield
as traffic hummed overhead
and night began to fall:
Did I bruise you? Did it take time to heal?
Did I hurt your ego?
I was just a child, and you thought I was weak.
Did I surprise you?
I scratched and bit and made my escape.
I won’t ask if you were ashamed.
I won’t ask if you strong-armed some other girl
in under a week. No need to
ask if you had so little respect
for yourself, you filled the gap with hate.
Besides, I am still too busy being relieved
I got away. I got away!!
To the boy who told the man to give me a ride,
then told me I would be safe,
knowing all the while what the man had in mind.
What can I say?
You have to live with yourself,
not I. And besides,
I got away. I got away!!
(c) Phyllis Jean Green, August, 2003
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|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|"Refused to be a Victim, Imagine That (for contest)".
The inner "I" acted first and the outer "I" performed the defense's actions.
I thank Your for sharing "Refused to be a Victim, Imagine That (for contest)".
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
|Reviewed by Tami Ryan
Outstanding write! I felt every, single, solitary word. Thanks for being brave.
Hugs to you,
|Reviewed by Victoria Murray
|Vividly described. FABULOUS write. Thanks for sharing your experience!
|Reviewed by Carolyn Red Bear (The Bear Paw)
|Pea, this brings back a memory that I, too, had to fight! And I got away!!!! Thank you, friend, for sharing such a moment... stay strong....
|Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
|so glad you got away, sweetpea; vivid account of a harrowing and what had to be an extremely scary time! (((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in texas, karen lynn. :(|
|Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader)
|Phyllis, the drama and chilling feeling in this poem.
|Reviewed by Kate Clifford
|I am glad you got away. Those two will always hold the shame of that day. Great write.|
|Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen
|Oh, Pea, you did good...you got away. Strong piece yet with the essence of the fright you must have felt. Damn them both!! And, yay, YOU got away!|
|Reviewed by *********** ********** (Reader)
|You are a very brave Woman to share...Such an experience chills the warmth from blood.
Writing helps to sift through traumatic events that tend to stain the mind...And you have written a most emotive, chillingly real walk in your thoughts.
Thank God you got away!!!
Great picture too....My Best, Dani xx