HER ESCAPE

Dark night

She paces the floor

Will he come home

And begin calling her,” WHORE!”


Should she try to make

A break for it

If he catches her leaving

It’s all over she knows

Better stay and chance a beating

Just try to take the blows


If she could go a thousand miles

If she had a place to stay

If she’d walked away the first time

The game her mind plays

Of days filled with laughter

And nights filled with

Love


She hears the car in the driveway

He greets her with a hard shove

Her mind tries to drift away

To anywhere but here

She knows not to make a sound

Or dare to shed a tear


He laughs as she crawls away

And then pulls her back

He’s not done with his toying

Till both eyes are black


She knows she could end this

With the courage she’s found

Pulls the trigger

Again and again

Till her life finally leaves ...


She won this round

Don't let this be the way your life ends. Get out at the first sign. Have a plan and keep it secret. Most of all, DON'T ever go back - ever!

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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Ouch! Nice poem! :)


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Interesting poem. Dark, yet beautifully tragic.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Abuse becomes the normal way to live. I have a friend who has had one abusive relationship after another. She can spot a potential abuser across a crowded room, and be immediately attracted to him.

And they in turn, are all attracted to her, their next victim.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

You are so right on big brother. It can become like a homing device and it can easily be passed down to the generations if not STOPPED.

This poem is for a woman at the Battered Women's Shelter who had escaped, hid, moved to two different countries and saw her abuser/stalker as she walked, a half a block away from the shelter. She ended her life ... before he could.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

No kind of abuse is ever and acceptable condition. GBY.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Oh Pooh. I cried when I read about the woman who killed herself. The thought of having to suffer through beatings again was too much to bear. Bless her. I once worked with a woman whose husband beat her until she couldn't get off the ground. Her little boy called 911. When the sheriff got there (this was in a tiny Arkansas community) he told the husband to "take her inside and ........ her. That's all she needed."

I have never gotten over the horror and feel it even now just thinking of it. Thank you for your compassion and warnings to women who suffer so much.


Motown2Chitown 5 years ago

This is amazing. Brutal. Horrifying. Up, and awesome. People need to know that what might simply start as insulting words often ends in the death of a person's soul, and eventually, their body. :-(


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

"When the sheriff got there (this was in a tiny Arkansas community) he told the husband to "take her inside and ........ her. That's all she needed."

Yeah, they are pretty much ...... no matter what they do.

I can't say it loud enough or often enough - Get OUT - GET OUT - GET OUT!!!!!!!


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mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

This is tragic but an amazing poem. Everyday many things occur that we should be able to prevent and situations such as what you describe are ones that NEED to be stopped.


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K. Burns Darling 5 years ago from Orange County, California

Haunting and tragic and amazing... I hope that inspires others to leave before it is too late!


Shitinski 5 years ago

Too many discover this way too late.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

Nice to see you stop by - that's always a pleasure and an honor.


SomewayOuttahere 5 years ago

excellent...i like the pic of the rose...bittersweet...


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

TY - I had it too ... lol. Thanks for your reading and support.


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

An unflinching look at a tough topic. I hope this touches someone in the wrong situation and helps them find a way out. Brave write.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

So do I Doug. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Scarlett My Dear 5 years ago from Missouri

Pooh,

There is comfort and strength to be found in numbers. Living this reality is tragic enough. Having no hand to reach out offering help, guidance, understanding is another.

Your voice is a much needed hand.

~Love, Scarlett


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

Scarlett - such a joy to "see" you here! Thanks you dear lady, for your sweet words.


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blondey 5 years ago

I like your style. Bold, daring, and helpful.

Aces. Great hub.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

Thank you blondey for your visit and nice comments.


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Excellent advice.

Pooh, I just noticed that you have 99 followers, 66 hubs and you joined 6 months ago and not only this, today is Friday the 13th.

I hope you are not the superstitious kind but I thought it was funny so pointed it out. :)


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Great message Pooh. It's good to "get out" at first signs. Children get in the mix.

Parents get into tricks.

No-one should be struck with a fist,

And then get just a slap on the wrist.

But why the stripping of dignity?

Why the insults with impunity?

Love is the answer. And why do we lack?

And when did we get off-track.

Love is the answer, to whatever we ask.

I hope we can be up for the task.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

There will always be those whose souls are so dark, so empty, the only way they know to lift themselves is by stepping on others. Learning to spot them and avoid them or escape quickly if we find ourselves in a relationship with them is the only answer. Too many good souls try to stick around and "fix" the other, be enough, love enough to heal only to find they have given all and all is never enough.


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raghavrathi 5 years ago from Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India.

Till the last line, i thought that she was going to kill the husband and after I read the last line, my hand stopped scrolling and my mind stopped functioning...

The heart skipped a beat and eyes became wet.

I literally cried at this one...

Dark, witty and a volcano full of emotions...

A splendid write.....

No other words.....


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

Your comment leaves me so proud to have brought that much emotion. If it reaches you, perhaps it will reach another who can leave before it comes to this or another tragic end! Thank you, young man, for caring enough to cry for those who die needlessly.


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saddlerider1 5 years ago

I left home at 17 after coming close to pulling the trigger on an abuse in our home, he took and took till they bled, he kicked and punched and left them undone. I would have killed him had I had the chance, but being so young he knew I couldn't do it. Instead he got his in jail strangled in his own puke for all the hurting he'd done. I can't stand abusers of woman and children. They should all be shot and no mercy shown, that's my opinion and I live by this statement. peace to you my friend and thank you for standing up for what's right.


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

Sometimes you live long enough to see what goes around, come around. In my case I see my abuser prosper by his wife's money, living in a home I will never be able to afford, driving the nicest of vehicles while I drive a 14 year old Suburban that drinks gas like a wino drinks Ripple, BUT, I sleep with a free conscience - if he does, then he has no soul ... which I came to suspect several years ago anyway. His judgement is not up to me but I wouldn't want to be to be in his shoes come Judgement Day either.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

This is so powerful Pooh and I know you are helping people with this painful poem. Noone deserves to be treated like this. How sad that this woman killed herself but I understand her thinking at this point. So glad your living in peace now Pooh and writing about it for your soul and others. Peace:)


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Poohgranma 5 years ago from On the edge Author

Too bad HP does not feel the same way. I had to remove a picture and even now I have this sitting at the top of the page.

"Warning: Advertising has been disabled on this Hub based on moderator review"

Yes, God forbid someone clicks on the word escape and finds TRUTH instead.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

Though I was very lucky not to witness domestic violence, I feel bad about abuse that continues in households.

Your poem brims with eternal sadness.


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

Vinaya - Thanks for reading and for your comment. Domestic violence is an age old horror and while there have been numerous advances in this country in dealing with it, it does continue. It is not just men abusing women either, it goes both ways and ALWAYS has an impact on the children if there are any in the home.


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ahorseback 4 years ago

Poogranma , I really hope this was not from personal experience ! I say hang the Bas****s! All of them ....awesome hub!


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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge Author

I wish I could say that too ahorseback. I had more than my share of experience with abuse - no one should have to have a share at all. Sometimes death felt like it would be the only escape, but it wasn't and I was finally able to break free and stay free of it. I pray others can and will, and just as soon as they possibly can, before it kills something inside of them.


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blondey 4 years ago

I think it takes a great deal of courage and self disiplice to break these kind of cycles.

Let's pray for those people. And yes, I know at least one person who is still in this cycle after 3 decades.

I recently wrote a hub on it from my schoolgirlforreal acct about "How to leave an emotionally abusive relationship" formerly called A Man who PREYS.


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Excellent hub. Came back for another visit. Great message to everyone abused to do the best possible to somehow try to escape abuse if ever possible. God Bless You precious heart.


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blondey 4 years ago

Will is more powerful than you think!

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