Injured (Every Day Poets, December 2012)

Who struck first?

It’s hard to say, now time has smoothed

a patina of pain and spite

across the rough surfaces of our conflict.

Words like missiles crossed the void

where love once dwelt,

and deeds formed wounds licked

into the dark hours before dawn.

Glances grazed fragile egos,

leaving sores to be dressed

with futile reconciliations,

and scabs picked,

revealing shiny scars of resentment.

Age alone was the victor,

as the passing years defeated you,

giving me pause to wonder

was it me?

Did I strike first?

Now distance dulls the ache,

new perspectives form

as time brings clarity

and the occasional gift of


About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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6 Responses to Injured (Every Day Poets, December 2012)

  1. Thanks, Sandra.

    I can see why “Ode to a Tomcat” is listed as a top poem. aside from the material and the depth to which you covered it, the smoothing and smoothness of the lines is phenomenal, it all flows so nicely reading like a classic work,. It is fun, observant, and creative. Dashing and homey at the same it. Very nice.

    I like “Injured” too. The description of the physical, the wounds, touched me; and the ending that “age alone was the victor” – how true and succinct.

    You write very nicely.



  2. Sandra says:

    Thanks Randy, for reading and commenting. ‘Tom Cat’ was one of my favourites and this one is of two that have been included in the forthcoming Every Day Poets anthology.


  3. eikenlaan says:

    Congratulations on Tom Cat being one of the top poems, really like it and I have a rescued tortoiseshell female cat, she is cuddled up here next to me, her kneading paws move to the rhythm of my typing!! Maire


  4. Abraham says:

    Wow! Congratulations on the well-deserved selection.

    Thanks for the link. I might submit something, if I feel brave enough. 🙂


    • Sandra says:

      I think you should, Abraham. You do get a brief critique on the submission, as is the case with Every Day Fiction, the sister site. Nothing lost, though the turn-round time is fairly lengthy.


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