Friday, November 22, 2019

Pushed

She put her Self in their hands.

They made a fist.

She pushed against their hold, bit through finger bone with her teeth, and turned the screaming into wings.




- for Poets United Pantry of Poetry and Prose #5

43 comments:

  1. "They made a fist." What a chilling line.

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  2. Deep and poignant. This is actually how I feel at the moment with my work situation.

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    1. Interestingly enough, this piece was partly inspired by a friend's workplace situation.

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  3. Yes, the second line is chilling. But then the finale, albeit horrifying in its way (that this was necessary) is also wonderfully triumphant.

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    1. I remember considering a less bloody liberation, but... she wouldn't let me. And I'm glad. Some things need teeth.

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  4. Terrifying...but the most appropriate way to fight back when pushed.

    p.s. Love the "the not explaining [your] poems" approach. :)

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  5. turning screaming into wings is a fabulous image and such a power statement.

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  6. What a dark and chilling story - i'm glad she found her wings though

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  7. It is good to read two writers tackle a serious subject of abuse that won't go away from our supposed civilized world. We should never be quiet about it and fight it all costs.

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  8. Coming from reading Rosemary's poem I felt that this could be another (happier) end... it all depends on who "they" are.

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  9. That is exquisite, Magaly! I hope you are doing well.

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  10. I am always amazed at the power of your words Magaly. To break free and fly is exactly how I felt when I left my work career behind 2 years ago and pursued my writing passion.

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    1. There is such power (and freedom) in allowing our souls do what it wants (and often needs). Yay! for letting go of what is expected and embracing what feeds us.

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  11. Such a magnificent portrayal of strength, Magaly!❤️ The idea of "turning screaming into wings," makes me believe one can overcome anything.

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  12. For betraying her trust, they're lucky she only took a finger. Yes, there is horror here, but it started the moment someone thought it was right to constrict the soul of someone else.

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  13. "...and turned the screaming into wings." That is exactly what we do. I remember my first wings, having fled the cage.

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    1. The first wings are always the hardest. And never forgotten, aren't they?

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  14. I love the idea and the visual of turning screaming into wings. The gift of the ability to do this is something I wish could be put into the water supply of the world.

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    1. You and me both! Oh, the thought of a world where all could birth their own wings.

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  15. Sounds like the last three years of my employment...but I am glad I bit back and bit hard. I love your poems with teeth.

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    1. I, too, I'm glad your teeth did what they had to. And did it well.

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  16. This is incredible, Magaly, and … reading it on the heels of Rosemary's piece … has landed like a body blow … literally a physical reaction. What our Sisterhood endures … achingly sad … profoundly anger inducing … (visions of a book of 'Me Too' poetry, beginning to stir … that would be something … with work like this filling the pages).

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    1. "Physical" is the exact sort of reaction I felt after reading Rosemary's poem. There was a lot of teeth clenching. And a final--and so very complicated--exhale.

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  17. "turning screaming into wings" - sometimes that is all one has the power to do.

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    1. Taking the horrors and turning them into energy we can use, not just survive but also thrive, is a magnificent superpower.

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  18. Sometimes you just have to fight back--and sometimes you win--love the teeth here!

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  19. Oh how I love the resilience and overcoming this portrays. Another one of your mighty poems Magaly, that stays with me for days. I love it!

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I love your insightful remarks. So, go ahead, let them fly…