Secret No More

Like a bruise on peach skin
her flushed face was mottled
from too much handling.

He stood across from her
tapping his spit polished
wing tip shoes.

Quiet, festering
until his fist slammed
into the glass table top.

Cornucopia upended
plastic fruits
clattered to the floor

as she stood, silent
eyes cast down
waiting for the barrage

she knew
would come.


WP Writing 201 Prompt for Day Four: Limerick, Imperfection and Enjambment (poetic device where grammatical sentences spill into next verse. It seems I’ve slipped to the “dark side” with this poem, using the idea of imperfection and enjambment. Obviously, this is not a limerick – for that, go to the Humor Category and see the G-tarian poem. 

14 thoughts on “Secret No More

  1. rosemawrites October 8, 2015 / 7:31 am

    Oh this is about an imperfect marriage/family right? This is a very deep and yes, sad poem. Your execution is well-done, though. 🙂


    • lillian October 8, 2015 / 11:19 am

      Yes. Usually I’m a Pollyanna kind of person. Don’t have any idea why I went to the dark side with this 201 prompt. No experience with this at all — maybe too much crime show tv? Sadly, there are people who do have this experience.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Misky October 8, 2015 / 4:34 pm

        I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to write about personal experiences. Victor Hugo didn’t, and he’s my favourite poet. An imagination shouldn’t be wasted. 🙂


  2. jacquelineobyikocha October 8, 2015 / 12:36 pm

    An unfortunate story hiding in there somewhere. This is a situation a lot of women live in. Like an open secret and very sad situation too.


    • lillian October 8, 2015 / 12:46 pm

      Hard to “like” this – doesn’t seem appropriate. But yes – this does sadly happen.

      Liked by 1 person

      • jacquelineobyikocha October 8, 2015 / 1:17 pm

        I witnessed this sad existence between a couple and it was bad. You captured a lot of emotions in your poem.

        Liked by 1 person

    • lillian October 8, 2015 / 12:47 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Will definitely check it out.


  3. SabahBatul. October 8, 2015 / 12:45 pm

    That was scary! And very sad.I don’t know how women live with that.May God help them.Very well written! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • lillian October 8, 2015 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you for your compliment. Yes, sadly people live in such difficult situations – even when we see the pinstripe suits and beautiful homes.

      Liked by 1 person

    • lillian October 9, 2015 / 7:59 am

      Thank you Stacey. Yes, reality is many times tough to swallow, to see, to be.


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