Purple Ribbon Poem: Blind Fury

The final poem in the series.

Blind Fury

What was that omnipotent power he had
To control your emotions while driving you mad

Then somehow make you feel that you were at fault
For every abandonment, wound, and assault

So slight that you couldn’t articulate it
A snake in the grass that suddenly bit

With no way to explain just how low you feel
And no one to believe that his harm is real

You naively try to block out the world
As you switch back and forth from woman to girl

Pretending so hard that nothing is wrong
Telling yourself you have to be strong

While watching your mother continue to fade
Losing life and love slowly, shade by shade

Seeing the small deaths he inflicted on her
Wondering how much more she could endure

And again you are struck by the weight of his word
When you think about everything that has occurred

How he was able to slowly destroy
Every last bit of our innocent joy

Simply by looking at us with disdain
Casually triggering torrents of pain

While knowing that no one would stand up to tell
He imprisoned us all in invisible hell

© Sarah Henderson 2003


About writingforrecovery

Sarah is a writer and poet who speaks out about issues that make people uncomfortable. Sarah advocates for causes such a sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and mental illness, and often speaks openly about her own experiences. She is determined to abolish the stigma associated with these issues and believes that it starts with people telling their stories, so she started a blog called Writing for Recovery where people can do just that. She is the author of three volumes of poetry and is currently at work on her fourth. She is convinced that there's a novel somewhere in her, and occasionally picks at the chapters so far. View all posts by writingforrecovery

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