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we bequeath them with titles:
Grandmother – Mother – Daughter
Sister – Aunt – Niece – Cousin
Wife – Girlfriend – Best Friend
However there are others
who see them as less
and reduce them to nothing
but objects for the amusements of
things to be rated and taken apart,
drained and damaged,
thrown against walls and onto floors,
then discarded when the novelty fades
and threatened into conformity with
authority and deceit.
First and foremost
these women are people,
and many are
Too often they fall between the cracks.
They get lost in the shell game
abusers love to play
(Shuffle the cups, where’s the ball? You lose, sucker!)
and we can’t keep letting them down,
letting them suffer alone,
weeping and bloody in the
indignity of darkness.
No more silence.
No more secrets.
No more denial.
No more intimidation.
Hands in the air,
Stuck to a pedestal,
Lost in the sound.
Why am I here?
Can’t anyone see?
I need to get out,
I long to be free.
Trapped in a box,
I perform to amuse;
They watch and they mock,
They jeer and abuse.
So I keep pretending
And dance with a smile;
When the music winds down
I can dream for a while.
Everything has a breaking point:
Elasticity only goes so far before it yields
and can’t return to the way it was before;
anything beyond that tempts breakage,
I used to believe in
Once upon a time,
but once upon a time
was a million shattered pieces
and a forgotten
happily ever after ago.