Domestic Violence - A Poem
Violence comes in many forms
But none to be dismissed,
We need to get the message out
And not be so remiss.
Albeit men or women
It doesn’t discriminate,
It really can happen to anyone
Now escalating at an alarming rate.
A raised voice, a curse word
A moment enraged with anger
Words are very powerful
And at times can spell out danger.
A feeling of walking on eggshells
Often fearing the worst,
Waiting for a bomb to go off
Not knowing what’s going to come first.
Being made to feel so worthless
Demeaned, belittled, full of shame,
Stripping you of any self esteem
And punishing you with blame.
Made to feel like you’re never enough
Controlling all that you do,
Called every name under the sun
All the while manipulating you.
Then, oftentimes it escalates
To come in the physical form,
A blackened eye, a bruised or battered body
And a new monster has been born.
Filling your life with fear
Being too scared to leave,
Protecting your little cherubs
In yourself you need to believe.
You need to find the strength within
To knock this on its head
Get the word out, report it!
And leave this evil for dead.
Because you deserve a better life
Indeed, as do your children,
You need to break this cycle
For the sake of your dear grandchildren.
Children can only live what they know
This isn’t the life you’d planned,
They’d rather come from a broken home
Then live in one. Do you understand?
You can start your life all over
I’m living proof of that,
I’m not saying it will be easy
But no longer will you be a doormat.
The emotional scars will always remain
They never go away,
But you will find your smile again
And breathe life into each new day.
You’ll find a renewed sense of pride
For having the strength to leave
And very soon discover
That all you really needed to do was believe.