VIGNETTE for d’Verse

Published June 15, 2017 by Nan Mykel

LOOKS DON’T MATTER

She stoops, sags a little and has a mole.

NOR DO THOUGHTS.

Murderous fantasies overwhelm her at times.

BEHAVIOR CAN BE CHANGED.

Old patterns of obsequiousness remain.

SEX ISN’T EVERYTHING.

She was raped, at eleven, by her uncle.

IT IS THE SPIRIT

Alive, under an imperfect breast:

THAT DEFINES

The woman.

26 comments on “VIGNETTE for d’Verse

  • Sounds like a Hero in the making. Excellent form and very effective.One of my favorites tonight.
    I smiled at your juxtapositions:

    “Murderous fantasies overwhelm her at times.
    BEHAVIOR CAN BE CHANGED.
    Old patterns of obsequiousness remain.
    SEX ISN’T EVERYTHING.”

    And frowned at the reality and illusion:

    “She was raped, at eleven, by her uncle.
    IT IS THE SPIRIT
    Alive, under an imperfect breast:
    THAT DEFINES
    The woman.”

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  • Powerful write here, Nan. The retorts to the headlines unfold into those parts of us that we, as women, know but don’t want to share. They strengthen us after a while. Life is a series of events that either break us or fortify us on our continuing journey. You share that courage with us through this fine write.

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  • Very late to the reading….apologies!
    This is such a powerful write….
    The alternating lines — the voice and the comebacks – so well done. LOVE that in the CAPS it is the spirit that defines us…we can overcome and BE. It is just so very tragic that some have so much more to overcome….they are in truth, the STRONG ones.

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