Marked Manipulated Memory – Leanna Wood

Confirming the neglect to the hidden song

My name is Leanna Wood, Iv’e just turned 18 and am currently studying for my A levels at a local sixth form. I enjoy writing poetry and short stories in my spare time, but have only recently thought about entering writing competitions. I love writing poems which have an emotive effect on the reader, as I am fascinated by how words can have such an influence on people’s emotions and imaginations. 

Marked Manipulated Memory

I wonder if you will ever understand

How your manipulation managed to fly

Like the way you swung your hand  

Yet blind and deaf to my cry.

Maybe it was me. Me who conceptualized – that you did no wrong

But wait – your prescribed discredit and damage to I

Confirming the neglect to the hidden song

All of you, it, life- all a lie

The ache and agony and anguish, still you somehow shaped it as not wrong

Oblivious to the smothering red 

The warnings were not yet enough

Until the final chapter of guilt read

“Even those who realise it is abuse 

MAY soon be freed- but still bruised…”

Leanna Wood

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