When Women Speak: Peace Through Poetic Pieces.

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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.


your promises

to love, to honor, to cherish to not hurt to not hit


to listen

Broken… my jaw, my knee, my arm, my eardrum, my lip

my heart


my trust in you

in others

in myself


my dreams

our love

our future


my self

my being

my spirit

my will to live


by you

To read more of her poignant words in their original format click here on  The Ripple Effect.


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Kamalini Govender

I'm that girl that looks badass in her black boots reading Gothic Psychoanalytic Lit but really just wants to pew pew pew with someone.

8 thoughts on “When Women Speak: Peace Through Poetic Pieces.”

    1. The painting says so much on what happens when a woman is violated physically and mentally. People seem to prefer to look away from these matters, or choose to forget. They don’t want to know how it haunts a woman’s soul or stops her heart. The poet’s honesty and tragedy makes me want to get my shield and protect all the women out there suffering and alone. Thanks for reading my friend 🙂

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