Whipping Post

Whipping Post

Tie me to that whipping post
yet one more time
It has become your obsession
to punish what you see as a crime
My expression does not please
the sound of my voice must grate
It is anything, something, nothing
that awakens your hate
Sideswiped without warning
I am at the mercy of your mood
which appears suddenly, no warning
and then begins the feud
Always tempted to fight back
Before reflecting on the cause
I have first to protect myself
from your menacing claws
No time to prepare for what transpires
Buried in the avalanche of your emotion
My eyes and mouth open in surprise
The air as cold as the Arctic ocean
It’s always about you, no thought for me
Escalating tension, words never to return
No winner declared as usual
The situation is now of grave concern

Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

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  13 comments for “Whipping Post

  1. June 22, 2019 at 6:30 am

    this is beautiful. And so relatable!

    • Christine Bolton
      June 22, 2019 at 9:12 am

      Thank you .. yes! Many of us have felt this I’m sure 😢

  2. June 13, 2019 at 7:18 am

    You reminded me of the Allman Brothers Band’s song! Very well written. ❤️

    • Christine Bolton
      June 13, 2019 at 7:47 am

      Oh my gosh I hadn’t realized they had a song called that! What a coincidence! 🙂💕

      • June 13, 2019 at 8:59 am

        It’s a beautiful song. 🙂

      • Christine Bolton
        June 13, 2019 at 9:01 am

        I’ll listen now

  3. June 12, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    This is all too real. Painful and dangerous situation, well written.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you 😊

  4. June 12, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    It’s a structured campaign that cannot be won. She chooses wisely who walks away from that mess. Good poem, Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2019 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you Lisa Yes it’s a no win situation. 😕

  5. June 12, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    It’s very poignant and touching.

    • Christine Bolton
      June 12, 2019 at 7:17 pm

      Thanks Sadje. She is saying enough is enough 😞

      • June 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm

        You’re welcome 😊

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