Readers' Poems

Penance  by Melanie Frageorgia


This poem is about Melanie’s experience in an emotionally abusive relationship.

Penance       by Melanie Frageorgia

Liar is the name you have given me
Daughter of a snake
Can it be true?

You once begged kisses of this forked tongue

Now you call me Deceiver, False One,
Order me prostrate
Covered in ashes

“Don’t you know the truth is venomous and meant to be spat?”

I do not owe you this misery
I have paid and overpaid what you would exact
Be satisfied

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

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