The Struggle

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Sometimes as a victim of domestic violence you live in a lonely space. At such times the struggle to hope is life itself. The absence of the struggle is the absence of life. Fight to keep hope alive.

Now I am in a better place but that was my struggle. I share a poem from my book Splendor from Ashes  that is reflective of the struggle

The Ambush (2003)

You touched her kids,
you wounded her soul,
wracking her womb with pain,
and shook her well-worn faith.
Then leaky faucets finding gutters
on her freshly pleated face
gushed forth in insurrection,
the last stance of the damned.
Ungovernable thoughts, one-liners
race across her brain,
repetitious, torturous rituals
of excruciating pain.
Her eyes grow wide in knowing—
the knowing of the lost.

Splendor for Ashes by Ingrid Rizzolo 


15 thoughts on “The Struggle

  1. Sharing your struggle especially domestic violence would be hard to share with audience but this is really strong story. I do feel bad and I can feel the pain. I would love to read the book Splendor from Ashes.


  2. Domestic violence is something when having happened would leave lifetime scars. It’s nice to see you getting better and inspiring others to do the same. I can imagine so many people sympathising with your poem and your book. Thanks for doing such a great job.


  3. This is beautifully written. I am glad you are in a better place now sharing your experiences so people with the same experience would find strength.


  4. That’s so heart wrenching. I’m so sorry that you had to endure that abuse. Thank you for turning your pain into a book that will hopefully help others.


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