Poetry

Aftermath

aftermath

Content warning: Sexual assault, victim-blaming

unruly golden locks
hide her flushed face
on busy weekend streets
she picks up the pace
the frog in her throat
threatens to break free
as memories of last night
make her nauseous and weak
her slinky silver dress
jars with the morning sky;
red stilettos in hand
she wipes tears from her eyes
the heaviness in her chest
signals things are amiss
she longs for her home
but knows not where she is
she berates herself
for swiping right on her phone
meeting a strange guy
downtown on her own
she knows she’ll be blamed,
be labelled a slut
he’ll probably get away
because she was drunk
her body begins to shake
she falls down in fear
helpless, and now alone
hoping to disappear

© Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (24 July 2019)

Prompt: Write a poem conveying the emotion prompt ‘shame’

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  • Nate
    26 July 2019 at 2:12 am

    The imagery of the silver dress and red stilettos in the morning sun clearly shows the reader that everything is wrong in this scene. I wasn’t sure why the more formal “knows not” was included in a poem that uses casual language otherwise.

  • Jen Mierisch
    26 July 2019 at 8:08 am

    I felt for this character. There’s a lot of emotion packed into few words. I like how you illustrated the “walk of shame” without using the phrase. I also like the mention of how she felt she would be blamed, a reminder of how unequal things are… likely the man from the night before feels no shame at all… he didn’t even get her a ride home.
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  • northie
    26 July 2019 at 8:25 am

    You paint a vivid picture here; one still seen unfortunately. ‘be labelled a slut’ had the force of a slap in the face. I sensed an irregular rhyme – perhaps one occurring by chance?

  • Kim
    26 July 2019 at 11:11 am

    Really liked the contrast of the almost nursery-style rhyme with the very adult trauma she is experiencing– You expressed shame so vividly! Thanks for sharing.

  • Vinitha
    29 July 2019 at 12:46 am

    It’s always her mistake, isn’t it? You have expressed her confusion, shame, and lost feeling so well, Sanch.
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