Not all abuse is a punch or a kick,

Some is emotional, mental and sick,

It hides in the shadows, revealing no scars, 

But each little dig’s like being burned by cigars.

Though you know you’re worth something,

Your self-esteem goes,

Without black eyes and bruises,

None of this shows. 

Anger takes over, you drive others away,

When all that you need is for someone to say,

You’re not alone, we are here by your side,

Come out in the open, there’s no need to hide. 

We’ll support not desert you, we’ll help you be stronger,

There’s no need to be out in the cold any longer.

We’ll give you a lifeline, give you a chance,

Come out in the sunshine, come out and dance.

 © Caro Ness 2016