BATTERED, BRUISED AND BROKEN

THESE GENERATIONAL PATTERNS HAVE TO CHANGE

BATTERED, BRUISED AND BROKEN

Your gaze wanders to the mirror
And as you put powder on with grace
Deep fear lays etched your eyes
As you hide the bruises on your face

Your gaze stares back to haunt again
With a truth you see and cannot disguise
How much more make-up will it take
To cover up these many lies?

You stumble to your closet
To find your clothing and piece by piece
You put them on with trembling hands
Wondering when your own pounding heart will cease

You wrap up your broken, battered ribs
And wince from pain as you draw breath
You wear your biggest, brightest smile
And smiling, walk back into the arms of death

Upon her tombstone, it was written
Please pay heed to what you look upon
I may be free at last, but among my regret
Is that I’ll never see the beauty of your lives as you go on…

© Brenda Keough


Abuse against women is often subtle and is perpetrated in many different ways. A man who batters and abuses a woman does it to gain and maintain control over her. Physical violence is not the only form of domestic abuse that battered women experience
“ Your gaze wanders to the mirror
And as you put powder on with grace
Deep fear lays etched your eyes
As you hide the bruises on your face”
This is a syndrome involving a physical and psychological condition of a person, both mind-wise as well as body-wise. This is now a universal theme of battering and abuse on women community
“ Your gaze stares back to haunt again
With a truth, you see and cannot disguise
How much more make-up will it take
To cover up these many lies?”
Feelings of depression and passivity may also be created by lack of social support outside of the abusive situation
“ You stumble to your closet
To find your clothing and piece by piece
You put them on with trembling hands
Wondering when your own pounding heart will cease..”
The condition is the basis for the battered spouse defense that has been used in cases of physically and psychologically.
“ You wrap up your broken, battered ribs
And wince from pain as you draw breath
You wear your biggest, brightest smile
And smiling, walk back into the arms of death.”

There are many cases happening that those who are the victims of physical abuse or psychological abuse spouses who have killed their abusers.

“ Upon her tombstone, it was written
Please pay heed to what you look upon
For I am free at last, but among my regrets
Is that I’ll never see the beauty of your lives as you go on…”
We’re all on this beautiful planet to help and protect each other…don’t let this become your fate…..”

Dominance is one way of abuse— Abusive men need to feel in charge of the relationship. They will make decisions for you and the family, tell you what to do, and expect you to obey without question. Your abuser may treat you like a servant, child or even as his possession.

An abuser will do everything he can to make you feel bad about yourself, or defective in some way. After all, if you believe you’re worthless and that no one else will want you, you’re less likely to leave. Insults, name-calling, shaming, and public put-downs are all weapons of abuse against you as a woman and designed to erode your self-esteem and make you feel powerless.

Williamsji Maveli

Poetry begins where matter of issue of science ceases to be merely such, and to exhibit a further truth

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