Colors of Your Abuse

December 30, 2017
By Vielka BRONZE, Bronx, New York
Vielka BRONZE, Bronx, New York
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lilac was your soft touches on my cheeks
yellow was my bright smile when i was with you
velvet was your gentle whisper of “i love you” right before you kissed me
blue was the bruise left on my face after the first time you hit me
violet was my confusion when you yelled at me for being sad
green was my silence
red was the warning siren echoing in my head
orange was me ignoring it
purple was me apologizing
lilac was your rough touches on my cheek
velvet was your loud voice yelling “i love you”
purple was me saying it back

The author's comments:

A year ago, this woman told me her domestic abuse story. She had told me that he’d been physically abusing her for two years and yet she still stayed because she loved him. I wrote this poem to try and explain her thoughts: leaving was difficult, no matter the pain the pain he caused her. 

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