I Run

Updated: 5 days ago

Written by Stephen House.

i run


fear paralyses me

wait for the next time

watch each word i say

heart-rate quickens as HE gets home

trembling hard inside


pain envelopes me

bruised black all over

broken bones and skin

smashed around a way of life

body and mind in shock


shame blankets me

stay and not escape

unable to help myself

pathetic cowering nothing

accept what is just is


humiliation drowns me

lie to my family

hiding torment daily

feign happy in abyss of terror

too damaged to tell


desperation screams within

bus stop stranger smiles

cry and tell him my truth

note help contacts given to me

think about kind words

courage flows to the surface

wait for HIM to leave

call helpline to talk

remove myself from constant torture

finally i run




Stephen House is an award winning Australian playwright, poet and actor. He’s won two Awgie Awards (Australian Writer’s Guild) , Adelaide Fringe Award, Rhonda Jancovich Poetry Award for Social Justice, Goolwa Poetry Cup, Feast Short Story Prize and more. He’s been shortlisted for Lane Cove Literary Award, Overland’s Fair Australia Fiction Prize, Patrick White Playwright and Queensland Premier Drama Awards, Greenroom best actor Award and more. He’s received Australia Council literature residencies to Ireland and Canada, and an India Asialink. His chapbook “real and unreal” was published by ICOE Press Australia. He is published often and performs his work widely.

Disclaimer: 

While Valiant Scribe strives to make the information on this website as timely and accurate as possible, it makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this site, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this site. No warranty of any kind, implied, expressed, or statutory, including but not limited to the warranties of non-infringement of third party rights, title, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or freedom from computer virus, is given with respect to the contents of this website or its links to other Internet resources.

Reference in this site to any specific information, commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by Valiant Scribe.

Follow me

 

2020 by Valiant Scribe LLC​

 

  • Instagram
  • Twitter
  • Facebook Clean
  • Amazon Social Icon