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DIVORCE

February 16th, 2014 Evelyn Cole

Many years ago my husband

who had never hit me

in ten years of marriage

beat me to a pulp one night

after a movie with friends

 

As I brushed my hair

in our bathroom he rushed in

socked  my face and body

until I fell on the floor

then he kicked my gut

 

We had two little girls

I grabbed them out of bed

and escaped to our friends’ house

I wanted a divorce

 

Later he said he’d been infuriated

by my talking to our friends

about the movie

while standing over him

 

Ignorant of the beating,

my parents begged me to stay married

for the sake of our girls

 

Later he beat me because

I’d gone deep sea fishing

when the albacore were running

 

We were invited to a party

while I was fishing and

he would not go without me

I told no one about his beatings

It was the early sixties

women like me had no rights

nor guts

 

I hired a cheap lawyer who did nothing

The court ordered my husband

to pay child support:

seventy-five dollars a month

 

I discovered sudden extreme poverty

 

Now, years later

my daughter’s husband left her,

their two sons, and his job

 

She has sudden extreme poverty

 

Deja Vu

 

 

Evelyn Cole 

February 2014

Written by Evelyn Cole

Evelyn Cole




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