How Long Does It Take To Break?

I came home late
On Monday night,
Asked for my dinner.
The rice was cold and stale
Stew was bland and pale,
BITCH
When will you learn?
I took off my belt
Showed her how I felt.

I came home late
On Tuesday night,
Horny to the tips of my knee.
She was tired
Not feeling wired,
BITCH
When will you learn?
I fetched the cane
Let her feel my pain.

I came home late
On Wednesday night,
Straight to the bathroom.
The toilet was unclean
Green and wet stinky latrine,
BITCH
When will you learn?
I put on my glove
Showered her with my tough love.

I came home late
On Thursday night,
With a raging headache.
The children made noise
Fussing over their toys,
BITCH
When will you learn?
I grabbed the whip
Cut open her lip.

I came home late
On Friday night,
A bad day at work and a dozen beers.
She asked how much I’d drank
My mind went red blank,
BITCH
When will you learn?
A slave insulting a king!
So I did to her a terrible thing,
I don’t really remember
That terrible night in December.
And when I was done
And the rage had run
She was covered in blood
The floor showered with vomit
Broken bones and torn clothes,
Out had seeped
Wails and screams
Out had leaked
Tears in streams
She’ll be blue tomorrow.
BITCH
When will you learn?
She had cried
Begged
Moaned.
Defeated
Inside, inside she retreated.
I dragged her to the bedroom
And had my way
She said nothing
Just lay
Like an unwound toy
Taking it,
Taking it all
Her eyes fixed on the ceiling above
Her pupils dilated
Her head vacated,
And when I was done
With this long due disgrace
I spat on her bloody face
BITCH
I own you.
And then I went to bed.
That’ll teach her.

I woke up late
On Saturday morning
At the break of dawn
She was long gone
Home was empty
There was only me
By my hand
I broke my last rubber band
I pulled and I pulled.
And she had learnt.

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