she banged her fists

by Jason Alan

she banged her fists

on the concrete

but the pain wouldn’t go away.

she found the bottom

of the bottle

but the pain wouldn’t go away.

she lifted her skirt

for all those men

but the pain wouldn’t go away.

she buried the needle

in her arm

but the pain wouldn’t go away.

she talked to Jesus

and asked his forgiveness

but the pain wouldn’t go away.

she took a razor

to her wrists

and the pain went away.