He catches the “no” as it tumbles from my mouth

Shoves it back into my throat

I’m choking


He is made of granite, of marble: Stonehenge

Stone-boy makes the floor swallow me


I descend from Irish Chieftains

Recite Shakespeare

Love Vivaldi

It doesn’t matter

My head pounds on the bathroom door

And he hurts me

And hurts me

And hurts me


I am a child of rape, now I am its slave

I leave my life in the shower drain

I throw up and he laughs


Two hours of solitude

I cry as I look for my pants

He took my cigarettes, too

I am not my own

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