Will you accept your role and the part that you played
all those years that you looked away
pretended that all was well and things were okay
even though you knew she lived with fear each night and day?

She’s moved on now. Left and built a life
but her children remember your part in those times of strife.
The scars that patched the wounds have faded with time
and taught her that true family isn’t always about blood lines.

You see a home that is broken but they’re happy and safe
no more fear or violence in that lonely cold place.
Sometimes it has to break, then unbreak and be whole
Would things have been different if you’d taken on a better role?

Because we all have the power to act against abuse.

This is an edited version of Unbroken which I published at anitaelise.com earlier – link here

Please watch this video on abuse and violence within the home. The narrator Shruti Sharada speaks on what it’s like to live with abuse, the alone-ness of the journey to safety, and why victims don’t leave. Video – “Nobody understands the level of mental labor involved” | Narratives by White Swan Foundation

Published by Anitaelise

Anitaelise teaches piano lessons at Anitaelise Piano Studio and writes poetry and essays at The Relaxed Housekeeper. The blogs - therelaxedhousekeeper.com and anitaelise.com are written and owned by her and published in accordance with the copyright notice at the footer of each blog.

2 thoughts on “Unbroken

  1. Domestic violence is a universal problem that rears its ugly head in every nation and every culture. I believe the pandemic brought out the depth and breadth of the problem. Shining a bright light on abuse makes it easier to see and ultimately correct – even if the correction breaks marriages to protect lives…


    1. Yes, it’s a universal problem and unfortunately, society prefers to pretend it isn’t happening even when they know because they can see and hear what’s going on. Speaking out matters even though it’s a drop in the ocean. Thanks for writing in.


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