I’m currently tutoring English 101 at my university, and as part of the introduction to poetic forms we are going to be using a series of poems that explore the poetic narrative from a purely aesthetic to a deeper socio-political stance. The following poem is from The Poetry of Abuse Collection (selected poems by a domestic violence survivor), written by a poet named Christine Hagion Rzepka who brings to the harsh light of public scrutiny all those horrid pains that women must swallow and replace with sweet smiles. The following poem is entitled Broken.
to love, to honor, to cherish to not hurt to not hit
Broken… my jaw, my knee, my arm, my eardrum, my lip
my trust in you
my will to live
To read more of her poignant words in their original format click here on The Ripple Effect.