The sun lies hidden behind a cloud.
As I hide my bruises from the crowd.
I lay each night too afraid to sleep.
While you tell me I am yours to keep.
Days slip by into months and then years.
My cries of pain no one ever hears.
Too afraid to stay, yet no courage to leave.
Believing I deserve the blows I receive.
This hole I am in growing black and deep.
I wait to die, not be yours to keep.
One final cry for help, finally heard.
Screaming it load, without a single word.
A glimmer of light can now be seen,
No need to return from where I had been.
The hole no longer seeming quite so deep.
As I learn I am no longer yours to keep.
Scars and bruises both seen and unseen.
A lifetime of fears never quite wiped clean.
New life beginning, no further need to weep.
Knowing for sure I am not yours to keep.
About this poem
This poem describes what it is like to be in an abusive relationship and the freedom when you escape it
Written on February 24, 2015
Submitted by Jasta on July 29, 2022
Modified on May 03, 2023
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|Scheme||AABB XXCC BBDD EXBB EEBB|
|Closest metre||Iambic pentameter|
|Stanza Lengths||4, 4, 4, 4, 4|
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