Rosemary Purse-Robinson


no safety without risk
and what you risk
reveals what you value

few feelings now
few feelings just
layers of scar tissue
and lonely cries emanated
from her and she was


not for a friend
but for a time

she tried to recall
when she had not
been violated

lights-out and each
of us would be


of things like
model airplanes
things from home
we couldn’t
talk about anymore

after the war
the things he
couldn’t talk about