Feb 23

Domestic Violence Poem

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Here is a poem from the Domestic Violence website. Please share this with people you know. This is an ongoing issue and we must all work together to end it!


Today another woman died
and not on a foreign field
and not with a rifle strapped to her back,
and not with a large defense of tanks
rumbling and rolling behind her.
She died without CNN covering her war.
She died without talk of intelligent bombs
and strategic targets
The target was simply her face, her back
her pregnant belly.

The target was her precious flesh
that was once composed like music
in her mother’s body and sung
in the anthem of birth.

The target was this life
that had lived its own dear wildness,
had been loved and not loved,
had danced and not danced.

A life like yours or mine
that had stumbled up
from a beginning
and had learned to walk
and had learned to read.
and had learned to sing.

Another woman died today.
not far from where you live;
Just there, next door where the tall light
falls across the pavement.

Just there, a few steps away
where you’ve often heard shouting,
Another woman died today.

She was the same girl
her mother used to kiss;
the same child you dreamed
beside in school.
The same baby her parents
walked in the night with
and listened and listened and listened
For her cries even while they slept.

And someone has confused his rage
with this woman’s only life.

-Carol Geneya Kaplan

Domestic violence should not happen to anybody. Ever. Period. Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating. Examples of abuse include:

* name-calling or put downs
* keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
* withholding money
* stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
* actual or threatened physical harm
* sexual assault
* stalking
* intimidation

Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.

If you are being abused and need help, remember You are not alone, It is not your fault, Help is available.

If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, or call 911, your local hotline, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

Please visit: http://www.domesticviolence.org for more info and help.

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  • http://anefallarme.blogspot.com Ane

    I agree!

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  • Christina

    I’m putting together a series of monologues and poems about domestic violence and I would love to use this one. It’s beautiful and I feel it would be very powerful in getting the message across. Please let me know. Thank you

    Christina Williams

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com dragonblogger

      This poem was reprinted from domesticviolence.org feel free to use it and give credit to the author.

  • http://www.yourshowman.com/myblog Mr. Showman

    Very well written Poem. I Liked it.

  • http://arslan-poetry-blog.blogspot.com/ Arslan

    good poem, with a good message i must say, this has given me an idea on my next poem….Thanks

  • http://blog.turisuna.com turisuna

    Nice poem and deep meaning. Domestic violence shouldn’t happen to anyone. It’s so sad if someone we loved hurts us, no word can explain the pain.

  • http://www.squidoo.com/free-rap-beats-and-instrumentals Jake Poore

    I was just at the bookstore and was reading a book of Pakistani poems. I’ll be honest they were really deep and I had to read and re-read to really get the message that the author was trying to get across.