Angry and Broken

Once upon a time I used to write a whole lot more than I do now and really enjoyed the challenge presented to me through other people’s writing prompts. Indigo Spider used to host Sunday Picture Press and would provide us with thought provoking and quite unique visual prompts to inspire us each Sunday to write. It has been three years since I last participated in her writing challenges or to be honest did much writing at all. I was pleased to find that she has decided to restart Sunday Picture Press just in time for me to start coming out of my shell and attempt to dabble with words again. This week’s prompt was Angry and Broken. She provided quite a few visual prompts to work with but one really reached out to me and so that is the one I worked with. I also found myself writing in a different form than I usually do but perhaps the long hiatus from writing has changed my style just as my life experiences during that time have changed me as a person. So please be kind, I am not new at this but I am in a way reborn at it.

Angry and Broken

Insulation falling away

I padded myself to protect me from you, now that I am stronger what are you going to do?

Scars and bones swapping place

From this day forward I am surrounded by virtual armour.

Bile rising to the throat

A bitter taste to drive me on.

Pressure building ready to blow

Are you ready? I am coming for you.

Muscles tight

Feeling once again alive.

Skin puckered

Anger fuels my new found pride.

Fight or flight

Nice girls don’t fight.

Fists relax

What will others think?

Head in a fog

I am not like you.

Tears fall

I cannot win.

Body collapses to the ground

I am broken once again.



Thank you for reading. Your comments are always welcome. And thank you to Cherie in Ink for the image of sad girl crying alone. 



About Billie Jo Schinnerer

Born and raised on the edge of the Helderberg Escarpment in eastern New York. Formerly a teacher. Moved to the North West area of England in 2003. Now a mother of three who doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up.
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13 Responses to Angry and Broken

  1. So happy SPP inspired you to write again 🙂 I’ve been on again, off again, mostly off, for several years myself so I thought I’d start SPP to push myself. It is always fun when others join. Reading others works inspire myself as well.

    This was well done. I can relate to the character in many ways, mostly how “nice girls don’t fight” usually leaves me feeling broken, having to swallow yet again. I wonder why girls/women aren’t supposed to express anger, to fight? Sometimes swallowing the anger to be ‘good’ does more damage in the long run than just letting it out at the appropriate time!

    Well done, I always love a story that leaves me thinking!

    • My own anger and broken feeling is what has led to my lack of writing. It is hard to create when swimming in bitter water. I am trying to take a few breaths of non poison air and get myself back. I am a bottler. It gets the better of me.

      • Oh, I can totally relate to that! I’m a bottler too, or, I should say, was. I can’t seem to bottle anymore, just exploding all over the place. I think that’s what happens, can only stuff so long, has to be released somehow.

        I am sorry that you have been having a tough time. Hopefully it will get better soon.

        Try writing all that bitter water. It’s always helped me and can make for some amazing writing!

      • I certainly have a better perspective on how to write sorrow, anger and despair now. I suppose that is great to have in my writing arsenal. 🙂

      • Ah, yes, as they say, life lived is the only way to make a writer 🙂

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  3. Dave Farmer says:

    Nicely done Billie! That totally captured the theme perfectly!

  4. Mike says:

    A powerful piece of writing Billie Jo. It’s good to read your stuff again. Looking forward to more through Sunday Picture Post.

  5. Glad you’re writing again…this is the perfect piece to start with. It’s powerful and compelling and showcases your talent well.

  6. catwoods says:

    Thanks for on my blog and allowing me to follow you home! Your words are very powerful, my dear. Beautiful, strong and visceral. Nicely done.

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