The Day She Changed Her Life

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United  (posted by Magaly)
Weekly Scribblings #33:  "swallow screams for dinner" (words by 
Chrissa Sandlin)

Write a new poem or prose which includes the phrase, "swallow
screams for dinner"

He taunted her
with words of abuse,
in front of their children.
She allowed him

to make her feel
like a worthless fool.
She never knew
when he would throw

his food on the floor,
claiming it inedible.
One day she took
the kids and left him.

No longer would her
throat tighten, and she
have to swallow screams
for dinner.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to The Day She Changed Her Life

  1. Kathleen says:



  2. Not sure if you given the wrong link – but perhaps not, as this could also be talking about the foundations that are laid. Certainly a great response to the ‘screams’ prompt.


  3. Jim says:

    My mom an we kids had this experience and lived with it during my earlier years of awareness of these things. But all of a sudden Dad had a change of life. We started going to church and to all but me he changed his attitude towards.


  4. Ron. says:

    Clear that throat; sing an aria. Nice write, SM. If only all husbands/fathers could change their tune…


  5. oldegg says:

    To escape from a cruel relationship is the best solution. Sadly many people have little understanding of love and caring.


  6. There is nothing that feels so good as taking back one’s power and joy.


  7. Margaret Schaff Bednar says:

    Vivid, real, and above all she was very brave!


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