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My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, will be published early in 2022 by Indigo Dreams. I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy. https://theleapingword.com

Thursday, 1 June 2017

A Poem for World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day 2017 #ifmywoundswerevisible

Today is World Narcissistic Abuse Awareness Day. For more information, read here and, most importantly, here.

A Misattribution

The honeymoon ended
but the moon kept pouring, no one said when

and within a couple of months
his blood was heavy, sluggish with honey

their new life together
built of sugar

the doors peanut brittle, the windows
glazed with melted sweets

and he
losing his temper, raging

hair stuck to the ceiling, his fingers
and palm prints marking the walls

while she who’d promised
in sickness, in health

baked puddings and cakes
sweetened with apple

learnt to spot symptoms the instant
he stormed in through the door,

not knowing that fury isn’t a given
not seeing how everything had turned golden,

he an idol in his palace
she walled up in a honeycomb cell

©Deborah Harvey 2016

'A Misattribution' is from my poetry collection, 'Breadcrumbs', which is available from Indigo Dreams Publishing, Amazon, and your local bookshop, if it still exists.