I Remember

I remember.
I remember everything.
What feelings and words beg to forget,
I remember.
When I remember, it rains,
Pouring out of the windows of my face.
When I remember, I’m there.
He hit me hard across my face,
My cheek stung.
His hands shook my shoulders,
My head shook back and forth,
Like a rag doll.
He punched my stomach.
I couldn’t breath.
But that’s not what happened.
That’s what it felt like.
He left no scar,
No injury,
No outward bruising.
I was safe,
Miles away from imminent danger and him,
But his presence was here,
Hiding behind the screen from which he drew his power.
I read the words.
My eyes burned,
Searing the white hot words on to memory.
I suffer,
Because I remember.
Because I am careful,
I let no one too close.
I am alone,
But I am safe.
So I remember.

Todays poetry contest submission was written by Lindsey Jasper.


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