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Oppression’s Impression

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Sandpaper eyes

too traumatized to sleep

so I settle

for staring sightlessly off

into space


Oh ….pardon me

im new

to the knowin


the impressions

oppression keeps

in the hearts and souls


it’s current


bear with me….

I just found out…..

the power it wields

and how seductive its call is

to the weak

fresh from healing

prey to predator


jumps back and forth

between the two

with equal ferocity and glee

it outdistances

the hands

ability to

combine and heal

im new to its effects…..

so my rage

is raw- edged… feral… real …

all consuming in the company it keeps

deep inside that spine

I havent learned how

to live and let go

of its effect

or how

to fly above it

so that I can view


far away

from the burnt out husks

it creates

in souls

that should be allowed to sing

rather then hoarsely call out

mercy mercy

please make it stop

where is my tenderness….you ask



oh thats right I just

used it all up

wiping hopeless tears

out of sightless eyes

that no longer see…

from a woman

who chose


over imagined disloyalty

from a man

who committed

her souls murder

a long time prior

to breath

ever leaving her body



couldnt find a way

to heal

away from him

and couldnt grasp

the importance

her own life


on the people around her

no matter how many times

I said

there is a woman

coming after you

who will be


right where you stand now

whose life

whose laughter,whose smile

and return to sanity


on your ability to rise above

and survive this

and so

yet another generation

gets to feel

the fresh raw edged


right here

in the now of things

because she couldnt

break the chains

or the addiction to his presence

her fear

triggerd his predator

his predator triggerd her prey

neither could have existed

without the other

and so the cycle continues

in oceans of time and wasted tide

and so

we are left here

with impossible guilt

and impotent rage

I wanted to scream out loud

to smash plates

I wanted to beg her

to value herself

in the way

that the rest of us


and frankly

I wanted

to use the truth

the way he did that bat

in the end though

I am left with the


that the choice was made

long before I ever laid eyes on her

in the hands that changed her diaper

in the bruises she saw

on the face of her mother

in the society that

didnt teach her

how to embrace her own

beauty and strength

that forgot to gift her

with the sense of her own survival

and so I sit here

with sandpaper eyed

grief and rage

staring sightlessly off into the distance

trying to decide

how to channel

the what if’s

into the what are’s

trying to decide

if that


even possible

By Julie McCurdy


Written by lickmypoetry

July 9, 2010 at 8:28 am

4 Responses

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  1. This is one of the more powerful poems that I’ve read in a while…it’s topic is immportant for many to hear and respond to…but over the years few…including the police have done little to address…thanks for this poem.


    July 9, 2010 at 10:42 am

    • thank you i so appreciate your kind words and your truth-


      July 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

  2. This is a wonderful poem. I love the image of “sandpaper eyes”, so vivid, so true.


    July 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

  3. shy awkward smile- thank you brian i appreciate that

    julie mccurdy

    July 18, 2010 at 6:17 pm

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