“I’m almost home safe.”

By Wendy J Dunn

Lost her life
the news presenter said
walking home
late one night

She lost her life,
why say that?
It sounds like
he thought she
was careless
in claiming
her independence
to walk home

That it was her fault
she lost her life
minutes from home

Say what really happened:
she was raped
she was murdered
she was a woman
(Yet another woman)
whose life was stolen.
And the darkness
of our world continues

She lost her life?
WE lost her life
And today
our dark world
is darker still.

She lost her life?
My heart breaks
and I sorrow
her loss
for us all.


Dedicated to Eurydice Dixon.