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by Janet P Caldwell
Tuesday, January 06, 2004

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Gaping through hollow eyes
sockets deep. Body as gaunt
as any refugee.
The jutty ribs you can count
like veins in a tree's leaf.

Wretched pain, a tooth pulled
with no anesthesia. The poison falling out of
her head, down an uninspired cheek.
Malaise brings a familiar comfort,
she can feel something.
Though she's dying and the world sees her captor.
She's condemned by him, her character discarded.

Lost and forsaken, replaced.
Punished for imagined crimes.
Dislocated like an emigree.
Feeling inadequate as usual,
"that warden! Who is he?"
Would she live to tell the tale?

His intentions just before her untold,
though vivid, answered by piercing dream screams.
Empty and starved for forgiveness,
with no absolution in sight.
Denial. She has to eat.

This puppeteer had stumbled across her twine
saying, "I'll save you, mold you and feed you leaves.
You'll do as I say; you'll owe me your life."
She mimicked his ways, adapted to eat,
but the leaves were desiccated and weak.
She was choking and gasping
as his dutiful wife.

Thoughts of suicide danced on her brain.
There has to be a way to end this pain.
She looked in the mirror
and wasn't sure who she was.
A disillusioned face looked back,
as gray as a dove.
"Excuse me Madam have we met?"


With liberty and nourishment in mind, she
made her plan of escape, tossed all caution aside.
She peered into her keeper's deceiving eyes. Yes, she
turned and spun on her heels, without a good-bye.
While in the market one day,
a man with a cart full of acquittal brushed
alongside her... So patient and loving,
he satiates her hunger.
She's fat and sassy now,
Her Knight had taught her to eat.

© Janet Caldwell 2002-2004

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Reviewed by Debra Conklin 1/24/2004
Wow! Emotions so vivid and real. Wonderful writing.
Reviewed by A PAX 1/18/2004
This is real life!
Reviewed by Mark Mahoney 1/18/2004
Jasus, Janet this is a powerfull piece of writing, excellent in its delivery, i couldn't praise this highly enough,not that often but this is one of them times i'm speechless, very well done here, take care...Mark xx
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 1/16/2004
Hi Janet:

Wonderful poem and story. I don't know how I could have missed this one. I'm glad that I get to see this now. Very interesting write indeed!

May Lu a.k.a. Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Lisa Cannons 1/16/2004
So many layers! I love this Jan, like all your work, headng over to the short story soon.....
Light and Love my sister!
Reviewed by Kay P Devenish 1/15/2004
Down with the darkness of Night,unless its your dear Knight,then...I shout loudly...'Long life to him!
Love always
Your poems always touch me,I love them.
Reviewed by Ian Thorpe 1/15/2004
I think this is great. Nice to see your are on top form babes.
Reviewed by Floria Kelderhouse (Reader) 1/10/2004
Hi Janet, very creative and outstanding write here. You always seem to write on the edge. Your images are wonderful....floria
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 1/10/2004
Janet, I really needed one more excellent author to track right?
I see you will help keep me up nights.
Reviewed by Sandi Schraut 1/10/2004
I see so much in this poem that speaks of pain and hope! The words read like the anguish in a soul injured terribly...and yet comes back with so much power... Loved it! Sandi
Reviewed by Jimmy Holder 1/9/2004
Your poetry is unique and cutting should be very proud!
In poetry, I have come to like the uniqueness of styles. That's the difficult goal I strive for. Deeply rich images...lesson learned Janet!

Your neighbor and poetry friend:
Reviewed by Anna Marie Fritz (Reader) 1/9/2004
What images!
And that last verse (particularly the last
three lines) is a real "sock it to him"
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 1/8/2004
well done
Reviewed by Vesna Vanessa 1/8/2004
She's fat and sassy now,
Her Knight had taught her to eat.

...pognant lines..BRAVO!! This is truly an amazing bit of poetry..ty Janet!!!

Vesna :)
Reviewed by Susan Cook-Jahme 1/7/2004
Janet, I really appreciated this write - well thought and constructed :0)
Reviewed by Micha Julian 1/7/2004
How grateful I am that 'she' has found that love!
The pain in this poem is so palpable and I so saw in my own way this..'she', felt and was so very relieved that she "turned and spun" away At Last...Damn, Oh, Janet, you ...well, this is among the best poems I have read, so much brought me there and the gift of your 'pen'/your way with Imagery and Brutal Honesty just, well...gets to me...
Amazing Piece, so well written and so affecting...
Damn, I, again am at a loss, if you only knew how much this, well...meant in a siffernt way, perhaps, but still...another piece that says one is not alone....shivers as I try to comment, Oh, yes, Brave woman and how I so hope, so very much hope, even selfishly, as I relate to the need for 'Amnesty'-- that there is truly a 'man' /'patient and loving' for her and that "fat and sassy now" <--- perfect, oh! WHAT A USE OF THIS IDIOM...BRAVO AND MORE...
Thank You!
Reviewed by SilverCeltic Moon 1/7/2004
This is a wonderful poem. I am so happy that the woman met her knight! ;) Silver
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/7/2004
This is a great lyrical tale. Thank you for sharing this offering, Janet. Love and peace, Regis.
Reviewed by Trixie Love 1/7/2004
Hi stranger... :)
Long time no see....
Janet, this write is
absolutely superb....

Congrats on getting

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/7/2004
Unique write janett!!
Love tinka
Reviewed by Dale Clark 1/7/2004
Terrific piece Janet! I look forward
to reading your book.
Reviewed by No Longer Member (Reader) 1/7/2004
fine work by the published author! Lots of love Janet.

Reviewed by Debashish Haar (Reader) 1/7/2004
GREAT writing, Janet!
Reviewed by Larry Rochelle 1/7/2004
Funny how long it takes to break away, heart knowing what the feet cannot do. Thanks, Janet.
Reviewed by Gaye Dale (Reader) 1/6/2004
Brilliantly vivid writing, Janet!
Reviewed by Bianca Boonstra 1/6/2004
I agree. Well written.
Reviewed by Zenith Elliott 1/6/2004
Powerfully penned, Janet! It's wonderful to read your work again. Best wishes to you in the new year, my friend...~Z~
Reviewed by jude forese 1/6/2004
excellent images and story line ... good luck on your new book!
Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson 1/6/2004
Stunning portrayal to freedom..Hi Janet!
Happy for you IN YOUR BOOK being published..
Have a Great, Prosperous, New Year!
Reviewed by James David Compton (Reader) 1/6/2004
Great to see you back in the saddle again.
Reviewed by Al Swanson (Reader) 1/6/2004
Janet this is like so so good girl, yikes, talk about k nowing how to write !! Man alive ! Wow, great stuff girl al
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 1/6/2004
Deep emotional write with a wonderful message of freedom in its ending. Love never controls :-)

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