#224 of 365 – “apparitions of abuse”

“apparitions of abuse”


restless truths,

vague memories


behind too much

of the past


like a vapor

barely visible


it thins

and disappears,


in the trees

like leaves

about to die,

and jumping

into the wind

to be carried

off into the



they are nightmares,


on the rim

of consciousness,

an apparition’s


on my mind’s

peripheral banks

where to look

sends the present

washing over,

erasing them

like the



I cannot see them

or know them

but only perceive

what is





About Blackbird

Poet, sculptor, jewelry maker, writer, spouse, parent, crazy person - not necessarily in that order.
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5 Responses to #224 of 365 – “apparitions of abuse”

  1. pi314chron says:

    Very nice, MD. One reading won’t do it…I’ll have to study this one as if there was going to be a quiz on Friday! 🙂 Once again, however, I feel the need to say how very sorry I am that you had to endure such horrors and how proud of you I am that you are overcoming it day by day.

    Warmest Respect Always,


  2. Starralee says:

    Yes, those damn apparitions of abuse–we pretty them up a bit in poetry, but the damage has no elegance whatsoever. I’m glad we can write it here, and read similar stories in others’ poems.

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