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this is [not] home
by Cedric III

Friday, September 07, 2007
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in the end
she had four black bags
full of reasons to leave:

     sheets
     plates
     canned food
     cutlery
     non-perishables
     cushions

everything a woman needed
to make an escape
everything except justification...
sure - being called a whore
by her enraged, alcoholic husband
and being accused of getting drunk
on communion wine was a weekly thing
but it wasnt till he started kicking
down doors that she found
the justification she needed for her four bags
full of reasons to start anew.

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Reviewed by Lucy Edwards 5/24/2008
Strong, distinct lines. Well-written.
Reviewed by blue soplain 9/30/2007
love the making of a list as metaphors for making a new life; i read the non-perishables as life itself. .. but i tend to make the voodoo doll images out of things in my head. ..
black bags. .black as in bruises but also in the absorption of every colour, every hope/idea/faith in what is faced on the outside. .. she has absorbed all she could---
such a powerful and simple thing...
so non-gussied up but dressed down, for an expedient leaving. . .
jsut excellent all the way around this
ness
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/8/2007
This is such a heartwrenching piece filled with disillusioned dreams and hopes. You have penned a masterpiece of life as far to many know.....

Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by richard cederberg 9/7/2007
Man, in my church the communion wine is bad grape-juice. This is one of the sad realities of life, emotional and mental abuse. Sometimes our hopes for things getting better can end up becoming dangerous. I hope you are well. Blessings ...
Richard
Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/7/2007
What a strong write with such truth in it that I can picture this pour soul with her garbage bags rushing to be gone before he arrives to prevent her.

Fee
Reviewed by Flying Fox Ted L Glines 9/7/2007
I wish all women would find their "justification" even sooner. I am stunned by all the women who stay with their abusive men, and even blame themselves for such abuse. Me, I would take him out behind the barn and teach him about abuse. He would learn. Nice one, Cedric!

Ted
Reviewed by K. Mulroney 9/7/2007
it's not an excuse, it's a reason. An excuse makes it seem like you did something you have to explain. Sad piece.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 9/7/2007
Sounds like a real deal and she might have waited a little too late, shoulda been gone before the door got kicked in . . . Good write . . .
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 9/7/2007
Verbal abuse is as violent, if not more than, physical abuse.
Needs 'justification' NO - needs strength!

Kathy
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/7/2007
Great writing,enjoyed...Hugss
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/7/2007
A potentially life saving write, Cedric, to just get. OUT. of abusive relationships. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Ted Bossis 9/7/2007
No fear from this inherent beauty of a soul <>timing was appropriate to make again whole -All goodness & love * Ted
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 9/7/2007
Domestic violence is an unspeakable crime because it is comited against someone that are not expecting it, that feels safe.
A million reasons no to stay, just needs one to go away.
Georg
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