I felt the heaviness of a sorrow too deep to name,
As I tried to understand the violence, but it was in vain.
Because love is never supposed to hurt or cause us pain,
I kept the bruises hidden, too embarrassed to proclaim
To anyone that I needed help, couldn’t get past the shame.
But, finally I prayed one night for enough courage to gain
To say no more to enduring the terror of this awful bane,
And clawed my way from under the tormentor’s chains.
Written for Photo Challenge #325 from Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie.