Instead of posting the usual #FlashFictionFriday piece, I’ve decided to post a poem for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This piece is a continuation of the #WhyIStayed hashtag discussion that was started on Twitter last month. You can read my piece “Why I Stayed,” here.
Why I Left
Because I was tired of being controlled and manipulated
Because I was tired being told I was crazy
Because I was tired of being told I didn’t measure up
Because he wouldn’t, didn’t protect my heart
Because being alone in the world no longer mattered,
Especially since I was so alone in my relationship.
Because the love was clearly one-sided.
Because I learned how to love myself more.
Because my child didn’t need to witness another fight.
Because I caught a glimpse of my strength
And his weakness was exposed.
Because it was time for me to go.
If you are a victim of Domestic Violence or know someone who needs help, visit http://www.thehotline.org/ or call 1-800-799-7233 | 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)