Friday, June 02, 2006

Another Woman

By Carol Geneya Kaplan

Today another woman died
and not on a foreign field
and not with a rifle strapped to her back,
and not with a large defense of tanks
rumbling and rolling behind her.
She died without CNN covering her war.
She died without talk of intelligent bombs
and strategic targets
The target was simply her face, her back
her pregnant belly.

The target was her precious flesh
that was once composed like music
in her mother’s body and sung
in the anthem of birth.

The target was this life
that had lived its own dear wildness,
had been loved and not loved,
had danced and not danced.

A life like yours or mine
that had stumbled up
from a beginning
and had learned to walk
and had learned to read.
and had learned to sing.

Another woman died today.
not far from where you live;
Just there, next door where the tall light
falls across the pavement.

Just there, a few steps away
where you’ve often heard shouting,
Another woman died today.

She was the same girl
her mother used to kiss;
the same child you dreamed
beside in school.
The same baby her parents
walked in the night with
and listened and listened and listened
For her cries even while they slept.

And someone has confused his rage
with this woman’s only life.

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If you are a victim of domestic violence, please take advantage of the services and rights that are available to you. I've added permanent links on the left but here they are below--Juct click and the links will take you to organizations that can help save your life. You are not alone. The cycle of violence gets worse over time and will not change until you take the first step.
Domestic Violence Hotlines and Resources
Domestic Violence Information
Domestic Violence and Child Custody Legal Resource Kit