Dec 6, 2010

Bruised - Violence Against Women

Black, just like the sexy dress she wore out for dinner.

Blue, as deep as the sapphire that is encrusted with diamonds.

Purple, similar to the Gucci handbag that matches her shoes.

Red, like the lace on the card that reads “I love you! I'm sorry.”

Yellow, glowing like the gold earrings that dangle above her shoulders.

Green, a lighter shade than their private estate.

She will
                   leave him.


  1. Sadly, this was a typical abuse scenario where I grew up. As I got older, the more and more I realized suffered in silence, but would not leave their abusive spouses for fear of losing their privileged lifestyles.

    This post is written for the One Wee Voice Awareness of Violence Against Women Campaign.

  2. Very simply said but very effectively written.

  3. Very sad, but painfully true. Thanks for taking part.

  4. Reminds me of the women in my fathers life, :( Very nice piece.

    I am following from Toughcookiemom's bloghop.

  5. It's so very hard for me to understand why someone stays in a situation like that. My upbringing and life experiences simply don't provide a frame of reference for it. And for that, I'm grateful.

  6. Hi. I'm dropping by from Life-Inspired by the Wee Man. I find your post very touching and painfully true. However, I would hope to share to every one that some stay for many other reasons. Having all these luxuries may be one of the reasons a woman in an abusive relationship stays but it's not the only one there is.

    I have been a victim of abuse since I got married in 2002. The physical is more sporadic now than before but the verbal and emotional still exists. You can't say that it's only about the luxuries since for the past 7 years I worked as an RN earning at least $35/hr.

    My reasons I'd like to keep to myself because I know many will never understand. But my only hope for this comment here is that you will not close your mind to the reality that a lot of us stay for a more personal and deeper reason other than jewelries, nice clothes, expensive accessories or estates.

    All I pray is that you would include us in your prayers more than you would judge us. :)Thank you for posting this for the cause, though.

  7. Thank you for your perspective and want you to know that judging was never what this poem is about. All the women that I know that are in this situation - I know that it is far from black&white, cut and dry; it's never that easy!

    My prayers are with you.


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