In a world of fists

By Sarah Kaut-Nasengom

An entry in the Abt Associates Award for Women’s Literature

This piece is more like a short reflection or a quick glance at the physical and emotional hurt a woman in Papua New Guinea puts up with as a victim of domestic violence. A woman who is a victim of violence sometimes sees the world in black and white where there is hurt in her world yet she hopes for a better and peaceful future.

In a world of fists,
She stumbles with bloody wrists,
Blame is a nonstop game,
Name calling is a shame,

Fist sweeps,
She weeps,
Nose bleeds,
She pleads,

She cannot hide,
Fate chose her side,
Brokenness a constant companion,
Black and white in perfect union.

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