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‘REFLECTIONS’ ORIGINAL POETRY BY MARY DAVID

DOUBLE EDGED you wicked slug

the

you taught me how to

you demand I be assertive

with the brusque, rough hands of a butcher you

Fail

to anyone outside the home

unceremoniously throw what's left of me

you blamed me for i

yet indoors

into the arena

Gaslighter, Gaslighter

to the crowds,

you tie me

and then

that's all you know.

to the stake of subservience

demanding to see before you a Gladiator damning me

All the things I learned about strength and winning

if I don't win with

Are from answered prayers

pluck off the petals of my voic

the most fanfare

that I becom

 > Volum

and thickest blood

  nothin

 > Ton

on my hands.

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Castrate my personalit

            you. 

 > Inflectio    > Pitc

Where was I to learn how to be anything bu

 > Gestures

prey,

 > Mannerisms

deferential asphyxiate my independence.

at the mere hint of adversity?

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