Peace-Seeker by Bethany Rivers

She lived in a house of thorns

in the middle of paradise

blue tits on the bird feeder

organic tomatoes peas and beans

growing from the ground

no neighbours to disturb


Her truth went underground

and could not find a single syllable

he judged her every movement

her every word and used it

to his own advantage

no neighbours to disturb


She sought refuge

in a women’s safe house

she was granted her own room

for the first time in three years

and her body became her own

no neighbours to disturb


But the custodian of the place

threatened to strip her bare

desiccated her dreams

told her she was only worth

the scum of the benefits’ line

no neighbours to disturb


That drizzle held morning

where crows looked blacker

the river rushing muddy

through her palms and underfoot

she slipped in

no neighbours to disturb

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