25 comments on “When I Run into My Father for d’Verse by an incest survivor

  • Oh, Nan. What a simple little poem, and then what a powerful punch when you appreciate the context. I’m not sure I believe in heaven, but if there is one, I am sure you will be there, and whatever you do will be the right thing to do.


  • This is a punch. Quick and powerful. I can spin it on the color of revenge, because it seems obvious to me. But as I can see in the comments, it’s about forgiving, which is pretty admirable too. Either way, a great short poem.


      • Yes, it’s my pleasure. My initial understanding was that the victim didn’t have a chance to encounter her villain when she realized how she has been victimized. So it’s a threat like ‘I hope you are there too because I can’t wait to make you suffer the way you made me.’ A bit extreme perhaps?


  • I guess I’m hoping they behave better than that in heaven! I think suffering is either on Earth or in the other place… Thanks for re-responding! (Actually I really fear heaven is only a pipe dream.., but a nice metaphor.) My options would probably be to speak or not to speak.


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