2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 22 – Stark Reality


For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Star (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase

In sixteen years there was




Work keeping her busy

Far too busy for children.

But she clung to a false reality.

Any day now she thought

When he comes to the door

Says lets try again

I am ready.

So she waited.

Her stark reality

Abhorrent to others

Sickening and delusional.

She denied the years of abuse

Saw him as the father of her children

Wanted a life like she once had

But had long destroyed

Along with him.


Written for: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2016-april-pad-challenge-day-22

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4 Responses to 2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 22 – Stark Reality

  1. A true sadness. The harsh klieg lights of reality leave few shadows. Prefer the softness of the candle light that leaves no hard edges. Which hurts the soul more, I wonder sometimes.

  2. Hauntingly sad poem and very powerful.

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