We Are Here: Bottle Tight

2010-12-10 14:49

Day 13 (7 December)

This poem forms part of the We Are Here series, a collection of 16 poems by Antonio Lyons that look at gender violence from a male perspective.

Closed shut bottle tight
a very strange plight
Whatever will you do?

Forever sealed in silent fright
there will be no escape for you.

Scream scream all you might
the truth will remain untrue.

Who’ll believe that dainty hands
could ever undo you?

The bruises tell of a manly fight
somebody had to lose.

Shame has pushed him in this hole
man and woman reversed roles.

Searching a way to end this pain
a hanging noose for you.

Five long years
of silent tears
until it became too much.

His lover’s taunts and nightly lumps
drove him deeper still.

Who would believe the raining blows
from lady loves fists?

The note writ in his hand
sought to tell the tale.

a loving bond
so so strong
it deftly bound his hands.

Until he found
his heart locks
prison sound
a cage of wrong romance.

When tempers flared
and he dared
to gently
voice his pain.

Her disdain would supremely reign
and floggings would begin.

suffered silent years
afraid his peers
weighed ridicule in their gaze.

Severed ties
and silenced cries
he finally took a stand.

Decision made this life must fade
so did shame rule the man?

Now he rests in peaceful sleep
his secret buried 6 feet deep
encased for all eternity.

Pride restored
from pain endured
if only he’d found a way
to right the wrong
of committed hearts truth.

Then only shame would lay
as dead as dead can be.

And he inside free to rise
A man born anew.

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