Hey, Joe

I shout the truth and defy you to say I am lying.
I speak in the name of justice,
there is no pretty picture on the page,
and it doesn’t matter if my rhythm is awry.
My words don’t have to flow gently
or make my readers sway and dream.
This time my poem doesn’t need to rhyme.

I shout the truth and defy you to say I am lying.
You played dirty games and isolated my beloved child.
You told lies to get your way.
You sweet-talked us then you beat my daughter
because you couldn’t own her.
You ground her face into sharp staples on your naked floor,
then you tried to break her neck.
This time my poem doesn’t need to rhyme.

I shout the truth and defy you to say I am lying.
You say she did it to herself, but nobody believes you.
The state of her face and head stand witness.
Maybe you want me to believe you are ill,
and your viscious attack was the act
of an unconscious side of your personality,
but it won’t work.
This time my poem doesn’t need to rhyme.

I shout the truth and defy you to say I am wrong.
In your rage, you thought to destroy her,
but you failed. Her wounds will be healed
by her own strength, and by endless love.
You only destroyed yourself.
Chemicals may sometimes silence
the screaming in your head to mere murmeration,
but like the noise from a flock of starlings,
the rumblings will always return.
You will not escape them.
This time my poem doesn’t need to rhyme.

I shout the truth and defy you to say I am wrong.
I speak in the name of justice.
There is no pretty picture on the page,
and it doesn’t matter that my rhythm is awry.
My words don’t have to flow gently
or make my readers dreamily sway.
My friends will all agree;
this time my poem doesn’t need to rhyme.
Hey, Joe,
You have incited my wrath, and I repeat;
this time my poem doesn’t need to rhyme.
I speak out against your heinous crime, and that is enough.

Written for The Daily Post #Murmuration

©Jane Paterson Basil

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26 thoughts on “Hey, Joe

    1. That’s what he’s telling everybody, but one of her friends took photos of her the next day, and she knows the same people he talks to. I’ve never had much time for that woman, but I want to give her a hug for the various kinds of support she’s given Laura.

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  1. I’m so sorry Jane. And after things had been going better for her. You call the bugger out. He should be thoroughly ashamed of himself. I hope she recovers quickly x

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    1. He’s like a raging bull. Last night he threatened to beat up a friend of mine, and rang me immediately afterwards to say that if I don’t keep my mouth shut he’ll call the police! The police know what happened, but their hands are tied – because of Laura’s history the case would never get past the CPS. They had to drop charges against him.
      There’s something else I’d like to tell you, but I can’t, as this is a public platform, and it may endanger Laura.

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      1. Oh, Jane. Can we hope that as he’s such a bastard he might get caught doing something else? Not that I wish for anyone else to be caught, but just for this awful human being to be out of your lives. Poor Laura. I hope she can steer clear of him. Do keep safe, both of you. Much love X

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