New poem.

I read various reports about this woman and I just could not get it out of my head. Read her story here: 

I used a few quotes from this article inclduing the title.


For Michelina Lewandovska


 “I could breathe and I breathed very delicately.”


She cut her way out with her engagement ring

He left her that so that they would know

She was owned even underground

I suspect that as he placed the branch  on top

(two thirds of her body weight I posit from

The smiling photo pixelated in the metro)

Larger than the child they had

I imagine him holding one end

His friend on the other, assessing its weight

Comparing the pull he feels in his tricep with the dangling child

He did not think he would have to face her and tell the court

‘’the intention was to scare you: to frighten you off

It was not with the intention to kill you’’

And That the holes in box where he had carried her

Tasered, gagged, bound, in a warm jumper to make her comfortable

Were air holes, and not where his fists had been visible

As they laid the box into the hole. 


The Stirred quad is formed of Rebecca Audra Smith, Anna Percy, Jasmine Chatfield and Lenni Sanders.

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The Stirred team at Reclaim the Night Manchester 2015
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