she refused

she refused

to drop her gaze

or weep

or display her shame

in any other way

though she knew it was

what was expected

she didn’t bother to cake on makeup

to conceal her bruises either

she was tired of hiding

let them draw their own conclusions

about her most respected husband

let him be judged and found lacking

not that she would be around to see it

because today, with head held high

was the day she walked, not ran, away

~Melanie Thomason





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9 responses to “she refused

  1. Well put… Tough situation

  2. You know I love this. Way to go Melanie. Tell it like it is. Stand tall and FIGHT BACK. No hiding, or protecting the batterer. Wonderful.

  3. Reblogged this on Rethinking Life and commented:
    Af wonderful poem from Melanie about violence against women. Stand up and fight back.

  4. hard situation so I love love love the bravery!

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