She stands,
Eyes brimming,
Cheek burning,
for a slamming car door
that signals him gone.

Is it enough,
to make her brave?
that slapped cheek,
or broken bones,
black eyes, cut lips.

What will it take?
her hope is gone,
her dreams are shattered,
her body is broken,
her heart aches.

What will it take,
to find her courage,
to pack suitcases,
to leave,
and start over again?

What will it take,
what last piece of strength
must she find,
what last piece of dignity
must she lose
to be ready to run
when that car door slams?

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Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
2 years ago

Mary, this says so much in a 100 words. It is tragic how many people are in an abusive relationship, too scared to leave. I cannot help to wonder how many victims feel isolated from the world, possibly by the doing of the abusive partner. Very sad indeed. Well done for portraying this so well. The short sentences and lines certainly adds to the tension. Reading this I was hoping that the… Read more »

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
Reply to  Mary Wallace
2 years ago

You are so right, Mary. It is terrible.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
2 years ago

This is so tragic and sad. I can’t help but cry. Well done, Mary.

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Mary Wallace
2 years ago

I am hoping that too.

Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary(@carrie-oleary)
2 years ago

Quite heartbreaking, Mary. A situation that so many find themselves in, but how many find the actual courage to leave compared to how many suffer in silence and despair.

Last edited 2 years ago by Carrie OLeary
Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

I think Marianna has summed it up beautifully. I can only agree with her, and also in your reply Mary.

Daisy Blacklock
Daisy Blacklock(@daisy-blacklock)
2 years ago

The effect of repeating ‘what will it take’ gives a great effect. This happens to too many people – it’s so heart-breaking.

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