Shirley Alexander

Rookie - 70 Points (Somewhere under heaven, Georgia, USA)

Something From The Woman I Left Behind - Poem by Shirley Alexander

the seventh anniversary of our marriage
we spent the night in a van,
on top of Brasstown Bald mountain.

He slipped a pistol under the mattress
and said we would be safe
from robbers.

Vandals wear many disguises
and the violated learns, eventually,
to recognize the mask.

2 a.m.,
wrapped in my own arms,
the scent of his whiskey on my neck,
bruises on bare trembling legs;
I stood naked before the moon.

In cold October air,
had to find my way back
to me.

© Shirley Alexander

Comments about Something From The Woman I Left Behind by Shirley Alexander

  • Rookie - 28 Points Laurie Hill (1/29/2009 7:38:00 PM)

    Your write is so sad and captures despair so vividly........10 (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Rookie - 118 Points Rani Turton (6/13/2008 6:41:00 AM)

    So terrible and poignant. 'Vandals wear many disguises'. How true and how sad that sometimes they are disguised in the people we love or think we love. All the best, Shirley. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,931 Points James B. Earley (6/12/2008 9:29:00 AM)

    A poignant message of angst and redemption! Be well........ (Report) Reply

Read all 3 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 11, 2008

[Hata Bildir]