I picked her up at a truck stop

on the outskirts of a dusty town,

tears shone sadly on the purple petals

of the pansies on her cheek;

slid slowly to her throat, watering

her necklace, a string of scarlet roses.

She said he gave her flowers every day.


©Cindy Taylor 2008

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. journojen says:

    Hi Cin…decided to blog on my wordpress as well (not leaving LD though so will blog simaltaneously).

    Now I can pop to you and to Priscilla (Say What?! on LD).

    Jen 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Let me know if you have problems here Jen, it took me about a week to figure out the mechanics of how the site works.

  2. Man, I have so missed your blog – I’m glad I got hold of you this morning to get info re Word Press from you. I wanted to blog as Say What, but the username was already taken. So, new blog, new name, new things ahead.

    Madmom is also considering a move, so who knows, maybe we’ll all end up here.

    Now, on your post – as always, superb writing. This piece is so powerfully poignant.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Welcome, I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it.

  3. Fiona says:

    Hi there,

    This is Fee, am not really blogging as I am finding it really difficult to use this thing!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Do you want to give me a call tomorrow and I’ll talk you through it?

  4. nrhatch says:

    Beautiful poem.

    I ran a domestic violence program in NJ for a few years ~ the cycle of abuse always ends (and begins) with “flowers” and apologies.

  5. theonlycin says:

    It’s so prevalent here Nancy, I don’t know about the States, but it’s something you hear about too often.

    1. Jamie Dedes says:

      A fine poem, Cindy. Thanks for writing and posting it! And, yes, it’s prevalent in the U.S. Many deaths involved. Harm to children. Human trafficking on the increase.

      1. theonlycin says:

        It’s just dreadful, Jamie 😦

  6. souldipper says:

    What a poem, Cin. Such a great spotlight on such a horrific situation. Too many wait too long to take action – fears galore.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Amy, a subject close to my heart.

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