Punching Bag

Soon enough, she realized that he always would be
Unkind. She'd run, but he always would find her,
Beat her black and blue, and tell her, one day, he
Would kill the kids. She told the cops. She got
A lawyer. Absent from a placid courtroom, he was
Told to stay away. He didn't. One last time he
Came, a firestorm of drunken rage. He hit her
Twice before she shot him. Now, she hopes
The kids are safe. She writes to them from jail.

Poetry by Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-01-12 at 12:50

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D G Moody The PoetBay support member heart!
A harrowing tale; and yes, self defence maybe? It would make sense considering the way the courts are handing down some mitigating verdicts for the gratuitous shootings of folk who don't happen to share the same racial/political/religious/sexual orientation - have I missed any out?

Griffonner The PoetBay support member heart!
Cotraversial probably, but I actually have my doubts she dhsould be in prison. Nine lines tell a life story, here. Brilliant work.