How did I get here, on the floor?
Who is this man
With the red face and the red eyes?
He smiles like he’s nice,
But he’s not.
He laughs like it’s fun,
But it’s not.
He pulls my clothes
And rips the buttons off my new dress,
The one with the little pink and red roses.
I felt so pretty.
Now I feel dirty
Stuck here on the floor
By the stairs.
This is my inner five-year-old’s remembrance of a first date gone very wrong, circa 1987. You tell me why I dated this guy for several months. I refer you back to my previous post on becoming a woman of dignity — this takes time.
This poem is in response to today’s WordPress Daily Prompt, “Share the story of a time you felt unsafe.”