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.