In a cheerful mood, she walks home
after an evening with the girls,
as always filled with wine and laughter
It’s getting cold and it starts to drizzle
The moist cobblestones of the desolate street
are reflecting a lugubrious shadow play
in the dim light of the sole lantern
It suddenly makes her feel uneasy
She looks back over her shoulder
and she thought she saw someone
approaching, in panic, she starts to run
A sudden sharp pain,
something hit her on her head
Dizzy, petrified by fear, hands everywhere
Tearing, grabbing, violating, penetrating
‘You must eat something’
A friendly voice, offering her
some sandwiches and fresh fruit
She doesn’t respond, indifferent
almost apathetic, no feelings nor interest
in the world around her
Only the feeling of disgust exists
she hates her impure, besmeared body
Languishing she glides into a catatonic state
Comatose, brain dead, tubes everywhere
Soft whispers, an endearment, words of comfort,
flickering lashes, a faint sigh
When his tears caressed her silent face
it was an incentive for her to open her eyes
Slowly she regained her trust,
overcame her self-hatred
due to the everlasting support
and the power of his love.
She will be emotionally damaged forever
but she survived.
Daginne Aignend is a pseudonym for the Dutch writer, poetess, and photographic artist Inge Wesdijk. She likes hard rock music and fantasy books, is a vegetarian and spends much time with her animals.
Daginne posted some poems on her fun project website www.daginne.com. She has been published in many Literary Journals, in the bilingual anthology Where Are You From?, the Contemporary Poet’s Group anthology Dandelion in a Vase of Roses, the Peeking Cat Anthology 2017 and in the Tears Anthology from the NY Literary Magazine. Three poems are translated in Serbian and published in the Literary Review Belgrade.
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