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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Question (05/24/12)

TITLE: Questions
By Benjamin Graber
05/28/12


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For every young woman or young man who is or once was trapped inside a cult

I was trained to never ask questions,
To avoid every open door;
My parents used threats
Depicting the fires of Hell
And the eternal loss of their love
To build me a cell with concrete walls
And iron bars across the windows.

Trapped within my fears,
I dared not peek within the smallest doubt.
I paced the permissible doctrines
And watched my sanity
Drip,
Drip,
Drip
Through the cracks of my cell.
I sliced my wrists
And used my own blood
To try to paint a reality
That made sense,
But could still see nothing
Except concrete walls
And iron bars.

A girl can only take so much
Before she must break free
Or wither and die.
When hope finally screamed loud enough
That I could hear it through my pain,
I snapped—
I tore apart the iron bars
And claimed the open air,
Daring the wrath of those I love
That I might find who I really am.

Here in the open air
I haven’t found all the answers
To the questions that once haunted me;
But the one thing I have found
Is the joy of being free:
Free to dance in open fields,
Free to dash where the Spirit calls,
Free to ask
Questions.


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Allison Egley 06/02/12
I love this. And yes, that is the main tool of cults, for sure... Make sure they don't ask too many questions, and make sure they are afraid to ask the really hard questions. I'm glad your MC found a way out.
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/02/12
Powerful and penetrating entry. I was thrilled with the ending. Thank goodness she got out. Great job.

God Bless~
Laury Hubrich 06/04/12
So sad how people attempt to manipulate others. You portrayed it well.
Francy Judge 06/07/12
Congratulations on fourth place for this beautifully written poem. You captured the hopelessness of the MC very well.
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/07/12
Congrats! God Bless~
Camille (C D) Swanson 06/07/12
Congrats on being 4th! God Bless~