Beyond my window lies…

To commence day two of my poetry challenge, I set an alarm on my phone to remember to write the poem. At the allotted time, I looked out of my window in hope of inspiration. However, the words of the Newscaster from the night before echoed in my mind, “the number of domestic violence [internet] searches have increased during the COVID-19 crisis”. As I wrote a poem that was meant to focus on nature, my subconscious turned nature into violence, writing for those who dare not speak.


Beyond my window lies the world

In all its technicolour brightness

With greens so vibrant

The trees blush in modesty

With blushes transformed to cherry blossom

Contrasting the earth from whence it came


Beyond my window lies the world

In all its uniformity

With building blocks stood side by side

And windows reaching to the sky

With balconies the size of prison cells

Contrasting the freedom that lies without


Beyond my window lies the world

In all its peace and tranquillity

With crime and punishment trapped indoors

Where frustrations and anger run wild

With tyrants ruling through an iron fist

Contrasting their victims who cower and hide


Beyond my window lies the world

Within my window lies my world.


Thank you for reading.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from domestic abuse – please contact 0808 2000 247 (24/7 helpline)

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