Indomitable

***Today’s poem arose because I misread the Word of the Day Challenge. I read the word as contact when in fact it was contest. From the smallest mistake…..Also this poem deals with sensitive issues.
Resigned
staring into the mirror
no longer noticing
greasy hair
dead eyes
pallor
a wraith
alive in a nightmare.
Too many to count
pain
bone deep
her body never seems to stop
aching
cringing
bleeding.
Oh god
how much longer
must I go on?
Tears leaking
falling
salt to the wounds
upon her face.
All know
her stories are bullshit.
Stony anger
when disregarded
their best words
voiced concerns
she turns away
quivering voice
as one excuse
right after the other
fall from her lying lips.
Oh god
at what time
can I let go?
How became the end?
Violence begets violence
all know this.
Something roared to the forefront
a primal desire to survive
when first his fist made contact.
Knife in hand
she carved into his flesh
entering pained data
so much data
stories he beat into her flesh
given back to him.
Oh god
from where 
did this strength come?
Bruise upon bruise
break upon break
nurses cried with broken fears
doctors raged with impotence.
Stoic she was.
Beginning anew
my life is mine again
there is hope
there is healing
never again will I be……..
©June 1/19
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Breaking Free

Within a mimosa of gray fog you travel,
the ground before
dashed with broken glass
and razor blades
waiting to slash.
Unable to find forth the glory
the sanity that you beg for
as you are swallowed once more
down this rabbit’s hole of fate
where destined you be
to always retreat.
You wish to find solace
you wish to find comfort
you wish to shake yourself free
of the death and doom
your voice chants.
The voice that soothes and says
how much you fail
how much you don’t matter
until you grab your head
and scream.
Pouring forth the black bile
of fear and anguish,
pain and anger,
that has bloated your mind.
Break free from the chains that are binding
rend from your chest their links
and with great defiance
shriek to the skies
freedom and salvation.
Jay-lyn Doerksen
December 19/17
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