Featherweight

Once I was a spring chicken.
Through time you plucked
Each feather,
One by one
Loves me, loves me not.
 
I’ve been reduced
to a pile of down feathers;
strike me with your fist
over and over
beat me down;
it only makes me fluffier
 
And when you are through,
I will give your head
The comfort that breeds
Conscience steeped dreams, streams
of tar infused guilt
Rolled dry in my downy discipline.
 
And if you beg,
I will pluck you clean again.
Published in: on February 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. nora,

    a multi-layered poem and analogous with boxing, chicken and all in between… i can sense that this has something to do with domestic abuse, and you have written it succinctly. a great poem indeed.

    • Thank you. It is as simple as you see it, but the situation is very complex. Staying strong and not taking a vengeful bent is key. Thank god for venting through poetry.


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