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Triggers A movie scene a clap of thunder a child’s cry a lover’s touch so many things can catapult us backward in time there’s never any warning we are simply thrust into remembering, into reliving an experience we thought was over for good. Trapped in hell we come face to face with our demons.… Continue reading Poem: Triggers
Loose Women by Sheryl Wentworth Woods I didn’t like myself so I gave myself away, piece by piece chunk by chunk. Would you care for a thigh? Perhaps a breast is more to your desire. Oh! It’s my MIND you lust for. I’ve a headache but go ahead take it. My heart? Gladly! I’ll cut… Continue reading Loose Women by Sheryl Wentworth Woods
Scar She’d forgotten you were there, tucked between vertebrae T-8 and T-9 the memory of you brought to mind by her lover’s inquisitive touch. He traced your circumference near-perfect circle barely the size of a nickel branded into her back by a man who would not understand NO! really did mean NO! as he grated… Continue reading Poem: Scar
So excited for Alexis! If I Could Tell You How It Feels by Alexis Rose is now released as an e-book on Amazon. Here is the back cover description: If I Could Tell You How It Feels is a series of essays and poems about living authentically with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Alexis Rose takes us on… Continue reading A Reader’s Book Release Today! : If I Could Tell You How It Feels by Alexis Rose
I found this memoir to be very moving, both in its intensity and in its message of courage, perseverance, resilience, and hope. From the back cover: "Dad died and chaos ruled. The only girl in a family of seven brothers, Patricia Grace found her childhood violently stripped away in the wake of her father's death.… Continue reading A Reader’s Memoir: Shattered by Patricia J Grace
Shamed into Silence No witnesses you say? Perhaps you led them on. You danced? You drank? I bet you flirted. What were you wearing? After all, boys will be boys. His words tear through me like a tornado through a town. Don’t make a fuss, he warns. There are reputations at stake. I fight to… Continue reading Poem: Shamed into Silence