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The Woman With The Plastic Smile

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Krystal
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since 06-19-99
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0 posted 06-22-99 05:26 AM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Krystal

"Everything's fine," she says,
The woman with the plastic smile,
Even though he just ripped out
The only telephone she could dial.

It doesn't matter anyway,
The police have been called before;
And when they left, her world shattered
With just the slamming of the door.

Now she's huddled, spirits broken,
In the darkest corner of her mind,
The only place he cannot reach--
It's the only place he cannot find.

The bruises are fading,
But her loved ones still ask;
"Everything's fine," she says,
The woman wearing the mask.

People whisper in accusatory tones,
"Why doesn't she just go?"
But the answer to that question
Even she strives to know.

With every sunrise
Dawns another awakening fear:
Of staying, of leaving,
Of losing all that she holds dear.

Until one day, it was just too late.

He didn't mean to take it so far;
And after her death was his trial;
Yet beneath the daffodils this woman lay,
The woman with the plastic smile.

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
© Copyright 1999 Krystal - All Rights Reserved
Balladeer
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1 posted 06-22-99 10:29 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Goosebumps run rampant. So sad.....so accurate. Well done.
Sally S.
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2 posted 06-23-99 01:21 AM       View Profile for Sally S.   Email Sally S.   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sally S.

Whew, this poem was very powerful and very moving. Such a tragic tale....and yet all to real for some.
Ixtab
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since 06-23-99
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MEXICAlpan de las tunas


3 posted 06-23-99 02:40 AM       View Profile for Ixtab   Email Ixtab   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Ixtab

Tragic, yet a superb ending, what better way to free ourselves from plastic smiles than death?
Krystal
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since 06-19-99
Posts 145
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4 posted 06-23-99 02:42 AM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

Balladeer... thanks ever so much for commenting. I'm glad you liked it. :-)

Sally... Thanks for reading and commenting! Yes, you are right, all too real for some...
I appreciate your comments.

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
Krystal
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Posts 145
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5 posted 06-23-99 02:43 AM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

Ixtab...
Thank you for reading and taking the time to respond... true, I never thought of that, actually. Your insight is appreciated!

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
#5 PS
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6 posted 06-23-99 12:37 PM       View Profile for #5 PS   Email #5 PS   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for #5 PS

Whoa...
elvira
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7 posted 07-22-99 04:47 PM       View Profile for elvira   Email elvira   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for elvira

how sad, but oh so true, it gave me shivers

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thursdayschild
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since 07-01-99
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8 posted 07-22-99 05:02 PM       View Profile for thursdayschild   Email thursdayschild   Edit/Delete Message     View IP for thursdayschild

very emotional poem, revealing a serious
topic. Krystal, hope you don't mind me leaving this under your poem, but anyone
facing this situation, there is help:
National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Thanks for sharing this......
Andrew Scott
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since 06-24-99
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Redlands,CA,USA


9 posted 07-22-99 05:09 PM       View Profile for Andrew Scott   Email Andrew Scott   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Andrew Scott

You write with the clarity of truth. I have to say I've noticed a great deal of poetry dedicated to this awful side of humanity and I find it unfortunate such great work must spring from such brutality. But, better that than the silence which so often accompanies abuse. I bow to you and your fine effort.
Sunshine
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since 06-25-99
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Listening to every heart


10 posted 07-22-99 05:56 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

It's oft been said "truth hurts". It also kills.

You did justice to a matter severe with a fine piece of work.

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Sunshine
Words will always express our feelings true. ~~~ KRJ
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

INclan
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since 07-20-99
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11 posted 07-22-99 06:02 PM       View Profile for INclan   Email INclan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for INclan

I find this all too true which is in itself a regret. I hope this is not from personal experience.
Krystal
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since 06-19-99
Posts 145
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12 posted 07-22-99 06:05 PM       View Profile for Krystal   Email Krystal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krystal

Thanks to everyone for your wonderful and inspirational comments! Thursday's Child...
No, I don't mind a bit...in fact, wonderful idea!! INClan... yes, most of my poetry comes from personal experience, but at least I'm fortunate enough to be able to write about it. Thank you for your comments!

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Shannon D. Montgomery
("Krystal")
aziza
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Lumpy Oatmeal makes me Crazy!


13 posted 06-01-2007 04:31 AM       View Profile for aziza   Email aziza   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for aziza

Not only is this good -- it needs to be brought to the top some place.  Wow - it just says it all with such power.

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