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At the End of the Road

by Harmony Kent about a month ago in sad poetry / social commentary
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There’s No Curb Drop

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At the end of the road there’s no curb drop

To ease my path through this arduous life

Allow me just once to forget my strife

I am forced instead to come to a stop

At the end of the road there’s no curb drop

Is hubby the only one who sees … wife?

Rather than judging and twisting the knife

Look at me, not past, through, or overtop

At the end of the road there’s no curb drop

You ogle, stare, and on my soul incise

The pain, the shame, of needing a device

For the simple task of doing a shop

At the end of the road there’s no curb drop

To be the fish in the bowl isn’t nice

I’m so very much more than mere wildlife

Not for public display, my despised prop

At the end of the road there’s no curb drop

On life’s rocky shores I need a hythe

A bright place I can be utterly fleisch*

Your fixed prejudice is worse than a psyop

At the end of the road there’s no curb drop

Discomposure and revulsion are rife

When you see only the shell of my life

Look me in the eyes, recognise me, stop

At the end of the road there’s no curb drop


(*In urban slang, Fleisch means ‘of utmost coolness’)

[Author’s Note: For this poem, I chose a Dansa verse form, written in decasyllabic style. This form opens with a five-line stanza, followed by any number of four-line stanzas. The first line of the first stanza is also the last line of each of the following four-line stanzas. The rhyming scheme is AaBb. The Dansa is an Occitan verse form, which has its roots in 11th century French literature.

The repetitive nature of the refrain called to me and seemed the perfect way for me to express the often repetitive nature of life with disability and its inevitable road blocks, which wear many guises. I hope you enjoyed this poem and would love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for reading! 💕🙂]

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Harmony Kent

Harmony Kent began writing at 40 after a life-changing injury. An avid reader & writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow authors.

You can find Harmony at https://harmonykent.co.uk

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  • Michele Jones28 days ago

    Great insight to what you are going through. Easy to relate to.

  • Yvette M Calleiroabout a month ago

    This was beautiful written. It's conversational feel makes the message honest and raw. I loved it, Harmony! :-)

  • D.L. Finnabout a month ago

    This style made it seem as if you were speaking directly to the reader which made the words all the more powerful. Well done, Harmony.

  • AnnetteRochelleAbenabout a month ago

    It is as though you are watching others watch you and thinking about others as you wonder what they think of you—and then saying, stuff this and moving forward. I could see the journey in my mind.

  • John W. Howellabout a month ago

    Well done, Harmony. I can't imagine what it is like under the microscope like you are. Does the UK have disability requirements? Those curbs should have cutouts.

  • Joe Pattersonabout a month ago

    Great sense of complexity and very well written.

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