Tuesday, 9 May 2017

No More Talking

by Anne Peterson


“Divorce” the letter read; 
“violence,” it went on.
A long-distance call made: 
“I can’t talk now! 
He’s harassing me again.”

Hours later a phone rings, 
and two sisters talk.
One tells of a hurting heart 
and ten years of pain;
the other sobs in silence.
“Calling the police was easy,
I wish I would have done it sooner.”

Days later, another caller, 
“She’s gone.
No one knows where. 
She never showed up at work. 
Her husband says she just walked out.”

Disbelief fills a sister's heart,
Too many questions invade her mind:
Why would she leave her kids?
Why didn't she take her car?
Why not wait for the money
that would be hers the next day?

Some questions in life get answered, 
and some take time. 
It has been thirty-five years 
since two sisters talked,
And one still hurts

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Anne Peterson is a poet, speaker, and published author of 14 books. She has written Broken: a story of Abuse and Survival, several children's books and some poetry books. You can see Anne's books Here at her author page. To find out more about Anne, visit her website at www.annepeterson.com or you can visit her Facebook author page.