Joanne Thinks She Has To Stay - A Poem of Domestic Violence

This new day must bring joy, for Joanne

Had a long night of fighting and weeping.

Her heart is filled with hope

That today he will not cause her any pain.

Her husband did not mean to hurt her, of this she is sure.

It is his addiction making him push her to the floor.

He does not know how strong he is when he is in

An addiction haze.


Joanne wakes up today offering and accepting forgiveness.

Her tears are dried and her smile is painted.

Joanne must go on like before.

Her bruises are hidden beneath her clothes.

No one can see her secret shame.

She knows only God knows why not just

Her body but also her soul is sore.

Her husband, who used to be her best friend,

Takes his anger out on her.


Joanne hates her husband’s pills.

Joanne hates her husband’s lies.

She knows he is so much better than his so called life.

He does not have to live like this.

He did not used to live like this.

Joanne remembers when they were happy and

Longs for those days again.


Joanne believes one day

He will choose not to be in addiction’s throes.

One day, her husband will choose her instead of his pills.

One day he will want to be the husband she needs him to be.

Joanne thinks her love will

Get him to that day.

Joanne thinks she has to stay.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is such a true story for many women. They stay in these situations because they believe they have no other choice. Great poem.


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lcbenefield 4 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks, Teaches. These situations are unfortunate but like you said many think it's the only choice. I appreciate you reading and leaving such kind comments on my work.


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AnnaCia 3 years ago

What a powerful poem. Difficult to read because it talks about everything many women think while living in an abusive relationship. Thank you so much.


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia Author

AnnaCia, Thanks for reading. Yes, it is difficult to read but things like this go on everyday and a lot of people think it is normal.


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JPrice2316 3 years ago from Blacksburg, VA

Been there... for two and a half years... man like that will never change... and you don't have to stay. I didnt.


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lcbenefield 3 years ago from Georgia Author

JPrice, Thanks for reading. Glad you were able to leave.

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