I can remember those lost days of abuse. Those days when I did not have a voice.... now I am alive, living, laughing and growing. It is that hot day in August that I will always remember. The day I left, the day I never went back, and the day I my new life begun.

here are two poems I would like to share

The water from the shower hits my body

I pray it Kills me The scent of the soap seals the Memory The tears emerge with the water But I can still taste the bitterness I can’t run I have no Shoes ………..Plus I am naked I turn the water off The silent tears Are erased With my Towel I pat My face I Smile at the reflection And I go make dinner

August Never again I said That one day In august Never again I said When he was forced to leave His tears Made me laugh His eyes Made Me sad Sad that wickedness Killed his existence Never again Would I serve him? Have sex with him Love him ….NEVER again I begin to grow that day That lonely night in the shelter The tears streaming down my face Added to my anger Added to my pain Stained my pillow With hope I knew then Never again Would I allow? Him to control Me Love me I grabbed my new life I never looked back

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I feel relieved at the end of your poem that you regained your voice. It is a beautiful caption for a new mind and a strong woman who made a decision and fulfilled the promise she made herself. Congratulations dear, may we never be silenced again. Never Again!

Please feel free to share more of those beautiful lines.

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale Founder/Project Coordinator Star of Hope Transformation Centre 512 Road F Close Festac Town Lagos-Nigeria https:

Thank you for sharing such raw truth. Your strength emanates from every word giving all women the courage to break free from the prisons that keep them bound...


"I am a woman, that's my weapon!" ~Catherine Robbins

Its been an adventure, and my life has truly been a learning experience. I hold my in silence remembering those who have suffered at the hands of the person they love. May domestic violence end completely.