She had been hurt
No, not hurt
Or assaulted
Or victimized
She doesn't like those words
To be used to describe her tragedy
Her rape

She is a victim, yes
But not beaten
Untrusting
But with a reason
She puts one foot in front of the other
Each day
Perfectly aware that those footsteps
Could lead her to the face
Of her rapist
Of Gregory Madison

Alice Sebold is divided
Between two worlds
She has been split
But in no way is she broken
She is better put together
Than you or I

Hurt, yes
Assaulted, yes
Victimized, yes
But she doesn't like those words to describe
Her tragedy
Because she is more than that, a rape
She is more than a man like Gregory Madison
She is a high kite of inspiration
Her rapist, the wind beneath her strength