My Mind

Personal website of M.G. Daniel. Sharing poetry, my writings, snippets from my life and whatever's on my mind.

Victim blaming, or shaming

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“Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful act is held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them,” says the source we love to hate, Wikipedia.

At a couple of readings I’ve done in the past, I’ve had readers say they anticipated something “judgemental” about women when I said the title of the poem below.  It was first published in 2000 in “Miscellaneous” – an anthology of writings from St. Lucia.

Fallen Woman

Notice: no room left in this life.
A balanced act of burdens arranged
In order of acquisition, stacked
On a seesaw of her will and wits.

A pleading man came, desperate for
Lodgings, she moved her fulcrum
From the middle, let him occupy
Her vacant end. For a time it worked,
An equilibrium of chaos maintained
Until he upped and left,

No notice: a sudden lightness
In her life. She knew he’d gone
When her whole delicate structure
Collapsed in the direction of his going.


Author: M.G. Daniel

I am a lifelong scribbler who is now focusing on poetry and becoming more established as a writer.

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