Black and Blue
He is lost.
The speckled Mustang is gone
their black and white world
once sharp and simple
blurred and complex
once solid and strapping
disparate and drained.
aroused and intent on manufacturing a sanitized reality
prolonging the tumultuous crush of
heel spurs, whips searing flesh
mouths dripping sweat, spitting insults.
Compelled to continue
until his spirit quashed
its own refrain.
And she, a high-strung graying Philly
has escaped the rankle
raw and resolute.
from a bloodied vortex of undiluted memory
still reeling but fully conscious.
liberated from a black bog.
once forced to digest her faults
now unrestrained and fearless.
lost credits, lost shine, and lost influence.
to imagine a life
beyond black and blue.
C. S. De Dona
Author, Poet, Photographer, domestic violence survivor, and naturalized immigrant, Cornelia is currently an Arts and Letters member of The Southwest Florida Branch of The National League Of American Pen Women.
Cornelia lived in Kaneohe, Hawaii, for thirty-six years. Also, seven years in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York. She now resides in North Fort Myers, Florida.
Her poems and photography are published in print, online, and in Rain Bird, a literary and art journal of the University of Hawaii's Windward Community College (2008-2013).
In 2013, Cornelia received Rain Bird's Kolokolea Poetry Prize for her poem, "Speaking French."
In 2015 her chapbook "Hawaiian Time," entered in the National League of American Pen Women's Vinnie Ream contest, was awarded third place in their inaugural multi-discipline category.
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