Torn

Torn from her family
bereft of any solace
raped and bloodied
she lays upon the torn mattress.
Told that all would be fine
forced to wear a ribbon
which marked her crime
deadened to the pain that festers
she lays upon the torn mattress.
Men have claimed her
used her
told her she was a whore
cigarette burns
mulitiple wounds
worse than what she flew from.
Sixteen years old
a virgin preyed upon
life would have been no better(?)
had she not left home?
Fleeing from one dictator
landing in another
haunted by fears
eyes shuttered to pain
she wonders
which place is better?
Jay-lyn Doerksen
©June 8/18

 

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