Domestic Violence by Glenda Sanchez

The silent tears she cries

Night after night

Looks down at her scars and bruises

Questions herself “Why? Why me?
I know I do not deserve this!”

Wants a way out

But it too naïve and thinks its love


She stays punch after punch

Kick after kick

Insult after insult

Because of the thought of “love”


She doesn’t realize her value

Her power

Her strength

She gets up after every knock down

Thinking it’s the last

But the next one comes in just a blink of an eye


Her kids watch

Her friends know

They see that she is physically drained

Emotionally damaged

No longer laughs

Is no longer herself

She tries to deny it

But it is so evident

She is unhappy

But puts on a mask

Thinking it will all be ok


She thinks

“Is it really love when my only gain

Is to endure all this unfair pain

I do nothing wrong but it’s always my blame?

When I am kicked, shoved, getting hit?

He gets his sexual pleasure

Against my will

I have no say

So I have no choice but to just lay there

Continuously getting raped”


She no longer feels beautiful

All he says is “you’re ugly

You’re stupid

You’re useless”

After hearing it so many times she believes it

She thinks this is all she deserves

Not knowing this is not “LOVE”


It is no longer about us

It is no longer about our kids

It is no longer about our relationship

It is no longer about knowing happiness

It is all about trying to survive

Living one more day



Will these ever be over?

Will she give up?

Will she make it?

No really knows

She must stand up for herself

Before she can no longer physically stand the pain

But it is not that easy


It can happen to anyone

Young women

Married women


And even men

When love is mistaken for power

When one must bring the other down

No more lives should be lost or put at risk

We must unite and be the voice

Of those lost souls that have lost their power


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