Planning her Escape

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He said-
''Hey see this? and that?
-he pointed at the washing-
then get it sorted.''

She said-
''where's the money for the windows?''

The window cleaner avoided eye contact.

She said-
''there's no tea!''

He sat quietly.

She walked into the kitchen
- touched a swelling eye-
and planned her escape.


Words and foto Tommy Carroll

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 13th Jan 2021 13:10

Aviva hi
The piece involves 3 individuals ( the window-cleaner) and there is an issue over finances. The violence preceded the visit of the window-cleaner.
Thank you

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 13th Jan 2021 13:04

Emeka indeed, poverty and abuse sometimes go hand in hand.

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 13th Jan 2021 13:00

Thanks Stephen.
I have a separate piece done with the woman alone in the bedroom.
I'm still pondering.

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Tommy Carroll

Wed 13th Jan 2021 12:55

Indeed Mariyam, Poverty and Domestic Abuse, which can follow financial difficulties.
Thank you.

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Aviva Rifka Bhandari

Tue 12th Jan 2021 21:53

I didn't see it as about poverty at all, but to me it read more like a domestic abuse situation where the working male is a window cleaner but has spent the money, maybe gambling or drinking, and hasn't given any finances to the stay at home woman who being met with violence if she asks for anything doesn't want to stay at home anymore, at least not this home. For me the fine detail is in the line 'He sat quietly' and how she plans silently too. Whether poverty had a background role to play isn't really apparent from the poem.

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Emeka Collins

Tue 12th Jan 2021 21:38

It is isn't just about poverty but what it has turned us into.

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Stephen Gospage

Tue 12th Jan 2021 17:20

I enjoyed this, Tommy, although it's an uncomfortable subject. It says so much in such a short time. A real gem.

Mariyam sheikh

Tue 12th Jan 2021 06:22

somehow it seems that you wanted us to take a glance towards the scheme of poverty faced by many of us.... 😞

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