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Defensive Crouch. November 4, 2009

Posted by phoenixaeon in Defensive Crouch, Poetry.

I thought I’d give another of the writing prompts at sleep is for the weak a go. Okay, this might not be something entirely new, but hey ho, I’m using it.

5. Share with us a story of loss, if this is something that you feel comfortable doing. And you can interpret this any way you like.
– Inspired by me, after my sad goodbye this week.

Defensive crouch

Strange little girl.

Stupid, little
good for nothing.


Come and have a go ‘cos I know
you’re hard enough.

Come and have a go ‘cos you know
I’m a pushover.

Come and have a go ‘cos your words pack a punch
as hard as your kick.

Remember when you asked:
‘How can anyone hate her?’

ASK your fists.
ASK your feet.

ASK your whipping tongue.

One day,
you’ll be sorry.

One day,
you won’t see me coming.

One day,
I’ll hit back.

But not today.
No, today I’ll just let it happen.

And again.

Where is my backbone?



1. phoenixaeon - November 7, 2009

Thanks everyone 🙂

Yes, it is from personal experience, and the ‘How can anyone hate her’ line was actually said. It was something that stuck in my head and needed exorcising.

2. lifeslightlyused - November 5, 2009

I get that – a lot. hugs.

3. Dad Who Writes - November 5, 2009

I recognise that too. Over and over as a child.

4. Josie @Sleep is for the Weak - November 4, 2009

I felt that.

Every word.

I had a time of much defensive crouching. It is a time I try to forget. I too hope you don’t speak from personal experience – I know how hard a burden that is to carry.

Thank you for sharing this.

5. TheMadHouse - November 4, 2009

That is so so sad. Very hard hitting and poignant. I do hope not drawn from personal experiance.

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