Literary Saturday Prompt #10 – A Chaste Woman


“I thought her
As chaste as unsunned snow.”
Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

Bitch brazen hussy.

I still hear the words ring out.

I walk in the street to stares and sideways glances

I am the product of a smear campaign

To deflect and exonerate the guilty

The idle and the ones desperate

For a moment of glory

Rejoice in my misfortune.

My door is graffitied

My house marked

I am a non-person

I fight for survival

Against those who seek to have me banished.

But only you know the truth

Only you were there

When such atrocities were committed

When society judged me

As a woman of no abide.

I was once a chaste woman

But I have been violated

By monsters who go by day

As pillars in our society.

Their word against mine

I know who won

‘You’ll get over it’

and similar condescension’s.

My steely resolve knows

I will one day be vindicated.

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10 Responses to Literary Saturday Prompt #10 – A Chaste Woman

  1. mandy says:

    ““I thought her as chaste as unsunned snow.” Reading the words following that quote brought a lump to my throat, tears to my eyes. And to her final words “My steely resolve knows I will one day be vindicated” I would say yes; if she meets that person that sees beyond the damage to her psyche, the scars, then I would say, definitely, yes. Beautiful read, Michael. Thank you.

  2. phylor says:

    I do hope she gets her vindication. The double standard so skillfully presented. Well done, kind sir.

  3. DELL CLOVER says:

    Oh my, this is so powerful, Michael–marvelously wrought.

  4. loricarlson66 says:

    Wonderful poeming, Michael! Wow, such powerful words. I definitely believe she will be vindicated, one way or another!

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