Chapbook Challenge -Day 2

What Brought You Here? Nancy Duei Denofio

Bruises

It tasted like a nip

of bad wine-it would

curl inside, grabbing

a hold of your heart.

One more time-then

it’s over. They say

tell us again.

It’s self confidence

assurance, liberty of

women, our right.

One taller, stronger, a

warrior. Picture a

dignified soldier.

Children seldom hear

the scrape of a sharpened

blade.

Revenge, pillage, spoiled

Deflowered, endeavor, and

weaker, unable to fight

or confront a warrior.

Those who never touched

a blade tell those who have,

“Confront the past.”

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