Tuesday, August 16, 2011

John Pursch - One Poem


It took her twenty years
to find a way to tell us
about her first husband.

How he locked her in the attic
and starved her down
to eighty pounds.

How she finally broke free,
running naked
through the town.

How they glued her back together
and the brute was sent to prison
and divorce cost her a dollar.

How she one day had a family
and somehow found the courage
to tell her kids the story.

How she lived her life in silent shame,
afraid that we would judge her
by the mistakes of her past.

John Pursch lives in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has appeared in Breadcrumb Scabs, Calliope Nerve, Camel Saloon, Clockwise Cat, Counterexample Poetics, Four and Twenty, Orion headless, Puffin Circus, and vox poetica.

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