April 18, 2010
By , Plymouth, MN
I stand right here before you
not allowing myself to move
I swear that I'll stay glued to this spot
for I've got something to prove

I can see it in your eyes
both anger and hatred there
I long to glare right back at you
but even that, I do not dare

I feel your foul words
stab my ears, my mind, my heart
I know that you've always wanted
to tear my confidence apart

I resist the urge to fight against you
to kick, to scream, to flee away
I really have got to do this
and keep all my emotions at bay

I sense the climax upon us
and I hasten to shut my eyes
I do not wish to see this again
for watching has been proved unwise

I wonder if your hand is placed yet
high and proud in the air
I wait with the most calmness I can muster
the moment we've been waiting for is here

I hear your palm swish through the air
faster and faster until - SMACK
I force myself not to whimper
as pain pushes through me like tacks

I struggle to keep my heart rate steady
and my posture still proud and tall
I peek through my lashes to find you
amazed I have not reacted at all

I keep myself from smiling
for my task is now complete
I have shown my strength and courage
my face you will no longer beat

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