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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 Frances Seymour
|Enjoyed the journey, Joan. Blessings...Frances
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo
|Strong use of alliteration and consonance throughout, Joan! And the strength of this woman is quite evident ... so satisfying! ~Elizabeth|
|Reviewed by Regis Auffray
|Thank you for sharing this most encouraging and empowering write, Joan. Love and best wishes,
|Reviewed by Axilea MU
|Assertive lines written with original imagery. Lovely tale of a woman's evolution.
|Reviewed by Lori Moore
|I love the empowerment. Wonderful poetry.|