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The Truth That Set Me Free (Family Violence, Domestic Abuse, a Victim's Journey)

Updated on December 29, 2018

This is a poem I wrote about my journey into, through and then away from a relationship with a violent partner. I'm sharing it to help others understand why women fall for and stay with their abusers, and to help other victims understand that they can change their destiny....



A False Impression

You offered me a new life
You offered me security
And love and respect
You showed me self worth and
You gave me the strength to take a chance
And so I came to you

You said it would be great
You said I would be safe
And loved and respected
You showed me this at first and
You gave me reason to believe
And so I stayed

You expressed your hopes and dreams
You expressed your passion with tenderness
And love and respect
But you also showed me disdain and
You gave me reason to doubt
And so I questioned

You claimed it was true
You claimed you had not lied
And that you did love and respect me
But you showed me slavery and
You gave me a cage
And so I struggled

You told me to stay
You told me to listen
And to love and respect you
But you showed me hate and loathing and
You gave me your anger to fear
And so I disobeyed

You begged me to reconsider
You begged me to forgive
And to love and respect you again
But you showed me that you could not change and
You gave me vicious threats.
And so I found the wisdom
To trust myself instead of you
Then I found the strength to disappear
And so I am free

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    Mel Stewart 

    10 years ago from Western Australia

    Thank you for the feedback Doug, and for your compliment. As for getting it published - I wouldn't have a clue as to how to go about doing that....

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    Doug Turner Jr. 

    10 years ago

    The message you convey in this poem is important and brutally honest. This should be apparent to any reader. But I'd also like to compliment your writing itself. Very clean and easy to read. You know the truth of your topic, so you don't bother to clutter it up with poet's tricks and fancy wordplay. If you haven't already, I would encourage sending this out for publication. It has the capacity to be read by a much larger audience. Cheers.

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    Angel Scent 

    10 years ago from Florida

    That was great. Thanks so much.

    Tina

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    Rookie70 

    10 years ago

    Amen! That last stanza is the most important, and the most illusive for so many women and it's a shame. Great hub

  • safe-at-last profile imageAUTHOR

    Mel Stewart 

    10 years ago from Western Australia

    Thanks Kaie

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    Kaie Arwen 

    10 years ago

    I remember this place.................. beautifully expressed.

    Kaie

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    Chaotic Chica 

    10 years ago

    Amen! That last stanza is the most important, and the most illusive for so many women and it's a shame. Great hub!

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    Mentalist acer 

    10 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

    Great insight...Safe At Last.

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