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The Woman in the Corner

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Poet deVine
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0 posted 06-19-99 12:25 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Poet deVine

With laughter and high hopes
married to the man of her dreams.
who could have ever known that he
would be the source of all her screams

After a year as a loving man
he slapped her across the face.
she never said a word because
of the humiliation and disgrace

A prominent man of wealth and fame
charitable and kind
but at home with her, he became,
a man with a twisted mind

He threw her from her chair one night
she landed against the wall
she remained - the woman in the corner
curled up, bleeding and very small

Year after year the abuse grew
her bruises she had to hide
withdrawing from society
she lost her faith and her pride

She saw herself in the corner
both in her body and her soul
and wondered at times if, she ever
had been a woman, proud and whole

Until one day she stood her ground
to resist his vicious rage
the beating then was worse for her
and lasted for what seemed an age

She grew sullen and quiet
as though she gave up the will to fight
it was after the last vicious beating
the police found her alone that night

Lazy rivers of blood on the wall
puddled quietly at her feet
the vacant pitiful death stare
on a face that once was sweet

The woman huddled there alone
bereft of a solitary mourner
she died alone, beaten again
…the woman in the corner.



[This message has been edited by Poet deVine (edited 06-19-99).]
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Alwye
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1 posted 06-19-99 12:39 AM       View Profile for Alwye   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Alwye

Very Powerful. I praise you.

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*Krista Knutson*
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2 posted 06-19-99 05:14 AM       View Profile for Poet deVine   Email Poet deVine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Poet deVine

Thank you. It's gratifying to know that someone reads my poetry and likes it! Guess that's why we post here huh?
Wintersurfer
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3 posted 06-19-99 02:04 PM       View Profile for Wintersurfer   Email Wintersurfer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Wintersurfer

Wonderful...the ending took me completely by surprise. When she finally stood her ground, I expected her to arise trimphant against the enemy. Ah, but all stories do not have a happy ending. Too many years as an elementary school librarian.

Your ending was all too realistic. I am in awe of your talent.
Sally S.
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4 posted 06-19-99 04:08 PM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Ms. deVine,
There has not been one poem I have read of yours that I did not like. This poem here, well....it's near the top of the list of poems that have stirred strong emotion in me. You're very talented.
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5 posted 06-19-99 04:32 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

DeVine one, it's realistic and compelling. A fitting end would be to have the man drawn and quartered, which is what men like that deserve. Thank you......
Fred Hobbs
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6 posted 06-19-99 07:53 PM       View Profile for Fred Hobbs   Email Fred Hobbs   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fred Hobbs's Home Page   View IP for Fred Hobbs

Poet,

Another immaculately written poem but this one is about a very sad topic. Great poetic reporting of a tragic event.

fh
Wolfgang
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7 posted 06-19-99 08:30 PM       View Profile for Wolfgang   Email Wolfgang   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Wolfgang's Home Page   View IP for Wolfgang

I don't like this poem one little bit.
Unfortunantly it needs to be told and read over and over again til this insane violence stops.
It's a winner de Vine, great job!
JANNA
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8 posted 06-19-99 09:47 PM       View Profile for JANNA   Email JANNA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JANNA

Very tragic to say the least. the last couple of stanzas were extremely well written and compelling! I applaud you!
sea_of_okc
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9 posted 06-19-99 10:31 PM       View Profile for sea_of_okc   Email sea_of_okc   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sea_of_okc

DANG! A powerful poem deVine. It made my blood boil.. I am sure we have all known this woman whether we realized it or not is another thing...
Lost Dreamer
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10 posted 07-27-99 09:17 PM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

This more then deserved a boost back to the top. Your talent rings strong. :}
hoot_owl_rn
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11 posted 07-28-99 08:34 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I cry as I read this one...too true your words and a powerful image they create. Not a pleasant topic, but a wonderful poem.

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"Nobody has measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold" ~Zelda Fitzgerald
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12 posted 07-28-99 12:04 PM       View Profile for Fofinha   Email Fofinha   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Fofinha's Home Page   View IP for Fofinha

This poem struck an inner cord... I suffered abuse at the hands of my ex- husband. He only hit me a few times. I would have rather been beaten repeatedly than what he put me through...
Your poem is very powerful... I hope it reaches many battered women far and wide, and touches their inner cord as well...

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13 posted 07-28-99 12:49 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

Very, very powerful. Another fine one, PdV!
CSwtThng
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14 posted 07-28-99 03:25 PM       View Profile for CSwtThng   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CSwtThng

This was truly moving. You created a picture in my mind. I loved it.
leelew
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15 posted 07-28-99 05:42 PM       View Profile for leelew   Email leelew   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit leelew's Home Page   View IP for leelew

Powerful,moving,well done. No woman should have to endure this.I'm glad you presented it so well!
blueloon
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16 posted 07-28-99 05:48 PM       View Profile for blueloon   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for blueloon

Miss. DeVine, again you have allowed words to become a reality to the reader. You r words have hit home and for that I am grateful.
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