I began to believe I was worth nothing at all,
‘Cause your fists and your taunts made me ugly and small,
If someone I loved said I was no use at all,
How could I hope to ever stand proud, free and tall?
I explained all the bruises and endless black eyes,
I called myself clumsy, friends saw through my lies,
But how do you rescue someone who always complies?
Then the light finally dawns and your complicity dies.
You stepped over a line when you involved our family,
Our kids didn’t need to be dragged into your bigotry,
There’s no need to subject them to your infamy,
So I finally saw how to completely break free.
I had to acknowledge I didn’t deserve the misuse,
I walked out one day with a flimsy excuse,
I found numerous ways to gather some proof,
That put you behind bars, for the years of abuse,
Now my kids are safe under MY roof.
© Caro Ness 2016
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