April 10, 2002
I stumbled on your site about verbal abuse and it has helped me to
understand my relationship with my second husband. It has been a year now
since we have separated and I have returned to writing poetry as my own
form of therapy. I'd like to share with you one of my poems written during
the past year. As you can see, I was well on my way to sorting things
out: Thank you for the beautiful
poem. Dr. Irene
Walked Again to
Moon Beach Tonight"
walked again to Half Moon Beach tonight.
favorite thinking rock, I settled on
contemplate your question as the light
diminished with the setting of the sun.
if I'm still happy on my own.
truly I can say that I'm content.
good cheer comes not from being alone,
from release from constant curtailment.
Unsuitable, I came to think I was
incurred each petulant retort
edited myself to cut the cause
plying me became his favorite sport.
my misery, I chose to stay
than face the threat of solitude.
feared that if I sent him on his way,
have to face my own ineptitude.
faith of my child, I found the will
away before it was too late.
bolstered by the confidence of Gill,
upon the course to separate.
loneliness cannot be more profound
looking at that stranger in your bed,
you'd hoped would turn your life around
changed it to captivity instead.
right that I should isolate as I
bits of my identity
discarded in attempts to mollify,
I'm truly back to being me.
can hope to meet that one who'll be
enraptured by each little thing I do
I'm contented simply being me.
I'm alone and yes, I'm happy too.
Copyright 2001 by Sharon
Stockdale. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission.