Return of Resilience

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she had been dragged in

kicking and screaming

except there could be

no kicking

as shackles

chewed bare ankles

masticating manacles

the screaming

guttural and earsplitting

was silent

in her bursted breast

as the system

stove in her voice

blunt force trauma

later

having survived

grievous psychic

bludgeonings

she crawled out

whimpering

though the crawling

was an upright stride

firm and purposeful

on legs jellied

and the whimpering

emanated

noxious gelatinous goo

from clogged pores

while lips pursed

steadfast silence

exiting exhausted

she trailed

shards of shattered dignity

bread crumbs of stale hope

as an afterword

she stepped back in

invited and trepidatious

testifying

testament to tenacious

surreptitious survival

con-verting

systemic degradation

to imperative encouragement

re-written

inside out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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