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A paucity of words

She gazes skyward

By Pauline FountainPublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 1 min read
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Throughout her marriage, she survived a tortuous existence by protecting her children. Such ardent devotion gave her the strength to continue.

Grown now, she encouraged them to leave. Despite their reluctance, each in turn acquiesced.

Her heartfelt refrain repeated, “I’m so proud of you. It’s time to live your life and don’t look back.”

Now eligible for the Aged Pension, DVConnect ensured a safe flight from violence.

She signed a lease.


Today is the 21st of May 2023.

She gazes skyward.


Such a paucity of words does not reflect a dearth or insufficiency.

But the rarity of abundance.


About the Creator

Pauline Fountain

Writing combined with photography provides me with a creative outlet to reflect with meaning on my life.

In 2008 I was diagnosed with Bipolar 1 (Rapid Cycling) and Complex PTSD.

My son’s gentle wisdom furnishes me with the gift of hope.

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  • HandsomelouiiThePoet (Lonzo ward)6 months ago

    Incredible writing 💖📝❗

  • Wow! This was so liberating! So amazing!

  • Lilly Cooper6 months ago

    I grew up in a DV household during a time when there was no support outside of immediate family to leave a dangerous situation. Thank you for adding your voice to the conversation ❤️

  • Novel Allen7 months ago

    I think i found two Paulines, and may be mixing em' up. Hope it sorts itself out. Both are really great. The world is scary, but it needs to be done. Fly little birds, fly. Lovely words.

  • Jenna Calloway7 months ago

    I feel this. Great job.

  • Cathy holmes7 months ago

    Very nicely done.

  • Cendrine Marrouat7 months ago

    An inspiring read. Thank you!

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