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· Europe in 17 Syllables

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  I Once Was A Victim
by Joan Huffman
Thursday, August 06, 2009
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Poets Online: In Response to July 2009 Prompt: This Was Once a Love Poem by Jane Hirschfield

I Once Was A Victim

Once a battered girl,
beaten with beatitudes and a belt,
trodden like thyme between hard rocks.

Once a bludgeoned wife,
threatened with words and weapons,
branded like chattel upon bruised flanks.

Once a bashful student,
filled with humility and hope,
infused like vodka over fleshy fruits.

Education, errors, and experience;
trials, time, and finally trust.

Then a blossoming woman,
sweetened with kisses and caresses,
softened like chocolate in hot hands.

Now a burgeoning surgeon,
endowed with power and pride,
hardened like steel in fiery forges.

And no longer victim: now cherished lover,
empathic caregiver and truth-speaker.

Joan Huffman 08/02/2009


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Reviewed by ALMA NELSON-PIKLE 11/9/2013
Beautiful, deep, real, I can relate on so many different levels with the exception of the surgeon part (Lol!). Kudos to you for continuing on inspite of what you might have been through or even what you might go through. We have a choice in life, despite what our circumstances might be. We can choose to either be the victim or be the victimizer; either way, you have a choice. Beautiful word and write, thank you for sharing....
Reviewed by Frances Seymour 7/27/2011
Enjoyed the journey, Joan. Blessings...Frances
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 8/8/2009
Strong use of alliteration and consonance throughout, Joan! And the strength of this woman is quite evident ... so satisfying! ~Elizabeth
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/7/2009
Thank you for sharing this most encouraging and empowering write, Joan. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Axilea MU 8/7/2009
Assertive lines written with original imagery. Lovely tale of a woman's evolution.

Reviewed by Lori Moore 8/6/2009
I love the empowerment. Wonderful poetry.

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Joan Huffman

17 Syllables

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Europe in 17 Syllables

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  1. G R A S S
  2. Words Will Never Express How Lucky I am to
  3. Love is Like a Flower
  4. You Donít Know Me
  5. The Liar
  6. It's Simple
  7. Happy New Year (rhyming acrostic)
  8. Facing the fuure
  9. No Room for Fear
  10. If Jane Were a Cajun
  11. Wishful Thinking
  12. Blood Of A Slave, Heart Of A King
  13. A Little Drop of Rain
  14. Freedom of Speech
  15. Yesterday
  17. Writer
  18. Cool Old Guy
  19. Me vs Facebook
  20. My Heart is Full

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