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Domesticated Violence

by Angela Nuzzo


It is a wild thing
that should never have been
introduced into civilization.
It is an untamed animal
that will lash out to protect itself
or use intimidation
to gain superiority over the pack.
We have become accepting of it –
like it’s supposed to be
in our everyday lives.
Like there’s nothing wrong
with the picture of
a wolf in sheep’s clothing
whose jaws are clamped around
the neck of a crying baby.
We need to tranq this thing
right in the ass
and put it back in its place –
behind bars, in a zoo,
like an endangered species
on the brink of extinction.

10/30/2009

Author's Note: Written for our YWCA's 3rd Annual Poetry Slam to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Posted on 10/30/2009
Copyright © 2023 Angela Nuzzo

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/30/09 at 02:43 PM

This really packs a punch! "We need to tranq this thing right in the ass and put it back in its place – behind bars, in a zoo, like an endangered species on the brink of extinction." - Terrific ending.

Posted by Charlie Morgan on 11/03/09 at 04:12 PM

...angela, a cool write on a not-to-hot subject...healing is next, eh?...

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