Barbwire



My brother comes home
and I will have to remember knots;
half-hitches and cloves and
complicated ones from boy scout manuals,
their uses and their placement,

how to deconstruct them in the dark.

About this poem

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

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Submitted by Ariel on September 19, 2021

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme XXXXX X
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 189
Words 33
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 5, 1

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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