a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Secret Knells

Cry all!
Raise your voices
Show us your injuries
Your broken bones
Your bruised spirits
Show us your falls
your broken hands
your hidden damage
So the world might hear
So we may listen
and help end this
tragedy with you

The prompt was not restrictive so I wrote what came.  
I think the repetition of Cry is a wake up bell.

I am not a victim of domestic violence but know many who are and have been.  
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)


De said...

Yes, this crying bell works well. Nice work.

eileeninmd said...

Great post and poem, the victims must cry out. And the tragedies must end..Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day!

Sandra said...

amen sister

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so melancholic.. yet a beautiful message has been passed on through the lines.. which remain embedded in our hearts!

Beautifully penned!
Lots of love,

Outlawyer said...

Cry works on a lot of different levels here--both as crying out, and well, just crying--I think people have to speak out before they realize how common the situation it is, and that they could leave it. Thanks. K.

Debi Swim said...

Very emotional... the helplessness of the situation, the feeling that you don't deserve better. I hope this speaks to someone's pain. Glad you added the number.

Gail said...

Thank you, Sanaa Rizvi, Outlawyer and Debi Swim.

I hope it reaches someone and they know they aren't alone. Help is within reach.

brudberg said...

Like Nick Cave and the bad seeds.

Jim said...

Thanks, Gail, for posting the phone number. I have mixed feelings about the crying. No spouse should make the other one cry, ever.
Mostly it is the woman who cries. I have.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

It's powerful! I hear the 'Cry!' as an exhortation to call out loudly rather than keep silent.

Susan Kane said...

Crying is moving to salvation, I guess. How I wish more women took the cry to the streets, to the churches, to PTA.

R.K. Garon said...

It worked very well:-)

Lowcarb team member said...

Well done Gail, your poem was good ... and domestic violence happens in all countries.

But there are good people on the end of phone lines that can and do help many.

All the best Jan

TBR/Committed Thoughts said...

Wow. As one who has walked in the way of the abused, I am touched. With all the knowledge out there today, perhaps it would be different, but back then people didn't want to help...to get involved. After a full night of being terrorized (in a quadplex, everybody heard it), when he left the next morning in my car, I went upstairs to the only neighbor who was home, and she refused to come to the door. I only wanted to use her phone to call for someone to come get me (I didn't have a phone). And she was a nursing student! I was pregnant at the time, and guess who was in the delivery room with me? You guessed it. Miss Suzanne Mayfield. I'll never forget her.

Karen S. said...

I hear you!

Lynne said...

YES . . . excellent Gail . . .

C.C. said...

I work with women who experience partner violence and I love that you included 'bruised spirits' and 'hidden damage' as often this is an insidious part of partner violence that can make it difficult for women to find shelter and support if they do not have any external or visible 'evidence' of abuse. Thank you!

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