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i shut my eyes


and await the tears


that will but stain my cheeks


just like he stains my dignity


every time he puts his hand on me.


i feel the pain surface


not from the blows to my face


but from the state of helplessness


that i’ve been dragged into


by the man whose name i bear.


i open my eyes


and see my tormentor descending


into the dark as i lie numb


and silently beg for forgiveness


for everything i did that led me here.