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Unknown Girl

Unknown Girl

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Published by: Charlie Gregory on Jul 04, 2010
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Unknown Girl Busy office mid the traffic roar. My phone has shrilled a dozen times before.

Now a girl is crying down the line; keeps crying, crying all the time. ‘Don't speak, just hear. I've taken pills but feel no fear. I randomdialled; need someone there; unseen confessor for my prayer, a ghost to know the reason why, at seventeen, I chose to die. When mother went I was alone – though he was there; so life and body not my own. I've run away but no escape. He traces me and then the rape. He gets a key and wakes me in the dead of night. He beats me when I say, “I'll tell,” or makes to mark me with a knife. It's living hell; devalued life. His friends, he says, fill every place – from law to health and Women's Aid. I see a spy in every face. I can't seek help; I'm too afraid. My very soul must bear the brand of his misuse, and yet I feel I've no excuse. If God absolves me from all blame – why do I feel this dreadful shame? It's so unjust! My life's debased by this man's lust. He won't have me anymore; just find me lying on the floor ...’ Leaves me with an empty line; crying, crying all the time Charlie Gregory Samaritan Days

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