complicit

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a beaten woman cannot fall
cannot slip on the polished floor
cannot slam her face
on the corner of a wall
a beaten woman cannot fall.
don’t look away
her body and bones
will spit her story
amongst broken bits of teeth
even when fear has made her mute
even when lies have made her unworthy
don’t look away
from the dark rings
and broken skin
fingers swollen
silent in her lap
don’t look away – even when she does
because one day he will kill her
because one day she will say no more
her voice less than the wind
her voice the banshee wail
her voice quieter than deep flow river
her voice the ocean storm
one day she will say
no more, my body is tired
of walking this same path
with your fists on my back
on my head where hair can hide
the wounds –
my body is tired of telling your lies
let me go or let me die – i am tired.
everyday he kills her more
don’t look away
a beaten woman can only fall
unseen.

 

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