Moment of Rape



Maybe the problem is that
I’m always stuck in the month;
those two weeks that held my heart
and choices captive in two different polarities.

Those two weeks,
years ago, that finished the savage
taking of my innocence;
my body at the cost of my life
my life at the cost of my heart
my heart at the cost of my hopes.

You weren’t who I wanted to love
and yet I do –
someone who doesn’t want me.

He didn’t want me either
just wanted to hurt someone,
hurt them to their core.

How complete the hurt,
a moment I still cower in.

About this poem

Trigger warning: rape, secual assault Published in Free From Monsters: Poetry by Survivors of Abuse. Western Oregon University Printing.2019

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Written on March 08, 2003

Submitted by Ariel on September 19, 2021

Modified on April 23, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme XXAB BXBXAB XXX XXX XX
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 522
Words 105
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 6, 3, 3, 2

Ariel

Ariel is a full-time Pacific Northwest poet, often participating at Oregon Open Mics events. She has been published in Gold Man Review, AIM, The Widow’s Handbook, and most recently in Terra Incognita, On The Platform Waiting and Free From Monsters. Ariel often collaborates in many Willamette Valley poetry/art projects and is a member of Oregon Poetry Association, Mid-Valley Poets Association, Willamette Writers and Poet. Her website is poetariel.net. more…

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    Thank you for sharing your work with us Ariel
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