deep breath

do you know what its like
to live dead

to wake up each day
to not get out of bed

to stumble to the bathroom
pass the mirror from hell

and not recognize
where a human once dwelled

do you know how many women
are trapped

whose life force is
violently zapped

fear is a paralysis
immobilizing the heart

suffocating the soul

but wait…

put on that painted face
and the smile of a clown
the lie upside down
reality drowns

please your abuser
the cowardly loser

take a few pills
wash it down with a wish
for an hour of escape
or forever bliss
to the beautiful sea
or the clouds up above…


fairy tales for some
scary tales become

lies to yourself
are the worst lies
of all

is it better to take chance
of the bite of a snake
or to know how he slithers
watching you quake

will you survive living dead
in shadow and dread?


It is not just for you
to me there’s no choice

I am thinking of HER
your pure unborn voice

please, I implore

you know the truth
this is warning not blame

real love does not hurt
nor does it bear any shame

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for a friend. for all abused women.


  • coppertrees
    coppertreesabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful Poem

  • thank you so very much Vickie – it is wonderful to hear from you and I so appreciate your comment. love, shar xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockabout 4 years ago

    Wow..this one opened my skin and poured itself in it..the pain can be felt the black and blue of your words are forceful..very strong piece and I hope that anyone in this situation would read and listen.

  • wow – so awesome. you are making me feel incredible with your wonderful comment. so appreciated, you have no idea. love always xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • Lisa  Jewell
    Lisa Jewellabout 4 years ago

    Life is not for existing it is for taking by the balls and living, despite the jumping from a cliff top without a parachute times.
    A powerful piece that should be read by all…

  • Lisa, I so LOVE your emotion coming through in this comment – putting me on top of the world. means so very much to me. thank you so, so much. xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanabout 4 years ago

    i love the last two lines… real love does not hurt ~ nor does it bear any shame
    i cry for those women who are going thru this kind of abuse, feeling there is nowhere to go… no one to trust…. feeling empty inside… seeing no solution… so sad… my biggest hugs, for you my dear friend… take care. love you!! barb

  • such a beautiful, heartfelt comment Barb, and so thoughtful of you to write a post for this poem. You are an extraordinary special lady. Thank you so much more than I can express. love you, shar xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • S .
    S .about 4 years ago

    super powerful write, what an important message to share
    great work char

  • thank you so, so much sweet friend for your thoughtful words. always means so much to me. hugs and love xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • Rhenastarr
    Rhenastarrabout 4 years ago

    An absolutely beautifully expressed poem. How wonderfully your message to the abused.
    Staying is not love. An instant fave!

  • thanks so much Marie. I so appreciate your most thoughtful words and thank you for the fav too. love and hugs dear friend, shar xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...about 4 years ago

    Hi Lisa, what a wonderful poem..and sad..Sherri :)

  • Hi Sherri – its me who wrote this and I appreciate your comment very much! Hope you are feeling better! love, shar xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • rjcolby
    rjcolbyabout 4 years ago

    This Autumn Wind blows true…

  • awww, thanks for a very awesome comment. much appreciated. love, shar xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • Arcadia Tempest
    Arcadia Tempestabout 4 years ago

    Ugly is and ugly it will always be ….The power of fear and shame ….it has brought countries to ruin let alone the fragile woman…
    Power punch write ….heard you and applaud you for bringing another voice to this

  • thanks so very much KarenSue – your words in this comment are powerful and so dearly appreciated. stay beautiful. much love, shar xoxoxo

    – autumnwind

  • Gramia97
    Gramia97about 4 years ago

    for my daughter, so well said.

  • I hope and pray your daughter is safe. thank you so much for you thoughtful comment. hugs, shar xoxoo

    – autumnwind

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