2nd Place Winner in Poetry: “Unbeaten”

Posted on: August 13, 2012
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Unbeaten
 
By Cathy Bryant
 
 

You can never beat her now, the woman
 
who was the wide-eyed, silent child
 
beaten in so many ways.
 
After much bleeding and pain she healed
 
enough to scar; scar tissue is hard, strong.
 
Yet she has come further, learned to open again
 
to be soft at times; like the fragile blooms
 
of plants that broke through concrete to grow,
 
tiny, sweet miracles for the eye to learn.
 
The regaining of a self vulnerable enough
 
to open up to love, to caring, to possible hurt,
 
is her greatest gift, her prize for the effort
 
she made when her abusers thought
 
the light had died in her eyes,
 
that they had beaten her in all ways.
 
She stands straight, complete, in a life
 
and a self she built over time, and the silence
 
of the abused child has become a fine clear song
 
and the illuminating Braille of loving touch.

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