twisting and turning and bound
in ruthlessly tormented knots

voices debating linguistic precision
while torn lips scream in silence

flesh consumed by carelessness
clawed by neglect and arrogance

bodies broken and bent beneath
the weight of his angry moans

she whimpers to gods grown deaf
and dumb and perfectly pointless

and though they stonily gaze
in deathly pallor, still they hear

still they see more than the eyes
of ignorant man, chafing at the bit

pitilessly craving brutal pleasure
peeling her skin, cracking her bones

driven by his lust to be feared—
such compulsion beggars belief

Salt Lake City 21 Aug 2012


3 thoughts on “legitimate

    • Thank you, Susan. You and others have already written so well in response to his ignorant statement. I think I just needed to say something about what rape really is: not sex. Violence. Ruthless cruelty. The very thought of which pains me so terribly.


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