Caged | And Then I Let Him Go (Broken Pieces) – National Poetry Month day 21 with Rachel Thompson

Welcome to National Poetry Month day twenty-0ne.  Today I have fellow author, Twitter friend, and poet Rachel Thompson for her second poetry post.  Join her #MondayBlogs on Twitter or find some of her great advice for indie authors.  Read her open and honest poems below and then check out more of her writing on a variety of social media platforms.  Enjoy!


Broken Pieces

Broken Pieces


Excerpt from Broken Pieces by Rachel Thompson which is free as an Amazon eBook today and tomorrow.



The right answer is to turn and walk away. But his arms are so strong and his words caress her soul. In his heat she abandons her resolve.

She’s unsure how it started, moving from found to lost. One day she watches birds fly on apathetic wings, the next he stands behind her—his hands inside her heart.

He damages her new home, where she now lays her head, the place where guilt and lust meet.

But she cannot leave. His eyes hold her captive.

“You are mine,” he tells her. “I own you now.” She doesn’t disagree.

Her breath quickens, her skin burns from the real and imagined hold he has on her. He whispers promises of life together, as long as all the pieces of her are his.

Pieces of her—

all he needs.

And Then I Let Him Go

It hits me at the strangest times.

The fact that someone who was a part of my life is gone. Here today, gone tomorrow. A concept so hard to grasp when it happens to —

To whom? He’s the one who took his own life. Nothing happened to me, his ex-love from many years ago.

We spoke earlier that day. The day he decided would be his last.

We never will again. Impossible.

But he visits me, in my dreams, conjured by my disbelieving subconscious.

Or is he conjured by my heart?

I wake up from the dreams confused and—somehow—relieved. In some, he tells me he’s OK. In others he doesn’t speak, but he shows me he’s fine.

But there’s still too much I don’t know or understand about the man he became—this man I once shared my heart and body with. So I go about my days now, my full life bursting with my own family, and when he visits me in my dreams, I let him in.

And then I let him go.

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Rachel Thompson is the author of the award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She also owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…),,,, and Self Publishing Monthly. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.

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