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'Healing' / 'Possessed' / 'Woman as Anchor, Taken for Granted'

Photo: "Oxygen" by Lynne Schmidt


Anna breathes safely

in the low-lit break-out room.

Candles, scented rose and musk,

embrace her like a lover.

Feel free – to take time out

For the first time ever since

that time, you know, yes,

that one, only one of many

but the first the worst.

Later, she learnt absence,


to distance her from him

from her body-self.

Feel free – to take time out

She hugs herself and strokes

her scarred arms. Re-joins way-back

to here-and-now and times ahead.

At last

she’s freed

and comes back in.