The Rape of Language

by Jim Murdoch

After he’d used them
they just weren’t the same.
It was as if they’d become
somehow different, lesser.

What exactly he’d taken
she couldn’t be sure,
perhaps their true meaning,
leaving only the sounds.

It wasn’t their fault
yet how could she trust them?
They said that he loved her
still something wasn’t right.

But who do you tell
when the words stop making sense?

Jim Murdoch is a Scottish writer living just outside Glasgow. He has completed four novels and a collection of short stories. His second novel, Stranger than Fiction, was published in July 2009.

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