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No Longer yours to keep

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

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Written on February 24, 2015

Submitted by Jasta on August 08, 2022

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Janet H Stafford

I spent most my life travelling from city to city and country to country as my father was in the forces i have always entertained myself writing poetry. more…

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  • jerrylogie
    This is a GOOD poem, full of emotions, longings and pains. Well worded and delivered with good rhyme and flow. Excellent work!! I too had a first place in April if you care to read it.
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  • rnadc
    I hated this poem....but not because it isn't good.
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  • lovingempath
    Wow...reading this a second time was a powerful experience. I think when people are reading so many poems at once; during the judging period...it's very hard to keep track. I enjoy going back with a little more leisure time to appreciate the depth of the submissions. Your poem is timely and full of powerful emotion. Congratulations Janet! :) 
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  • RhymingVibes
    Amazing use of words to sensitise, visualise and realise the emotions that the poet wants to express. Hats off...
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  • robertrad2021
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  • RayvnDarkwing
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  • Symmetry58
    You are an excellent writer/poet, Janet. This was deserving of the accolade.
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    • Jasta
      thank you ït was the first ţme I entered a poem in a contest
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    • acronimous

      and what an entrance it was ;-)
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  • larrymize
    Keep coming back to this one. Domestic violence is still a huge issue in this country.
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  • genevacuthrell
    It was beautiful, like sonnet.
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