Dead Tree

Amy Gray

Hughesdale, Australia

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The dead tree on almost barren land. The sky is dark and foreboding. The outlook is bleak. When I first painted this (watercolour) I had thought the dead tree was me. I was dying, the darkness creeping up my arms, my veins, seeping into every part of my being. I have created many dark images thinking this was all relating to PMDD but through some images I have made, I realise now that this is not the case. The dead branches clawing out like monstrous arms and hands is not me at all. It is the violence I experienced in my past. My outlook was bleak and every day was foreboding. This is what it is like to be stuck in a relationship that is full of domestic violence. You feel you have nothing, you are nothing. You are constantly told this too until you honestly believe it yourself, that you are worthless, not even good enough to exist. You believe you deserve the insults, the pain, the physical pain that is inflicted on you day after day in an endless world of torment and horror.
For those of you reading that are in a situation like this, please listen…
There IS hope. You are not only a victim, YOU are a SURVIVOR. You are beautiful and strong and deserve much, much better than what you are receiving. THEIR ACTIONS ARE NOT YOUR FAULT!!!!
After two years of unspeakable horror, I got out. Something inside me clicked and I knew that if I didn’t get out, I really would be dead. I thought my life would be nothing without that person but I was wrong. Life is much more than what I knew at the time. Life is beautiful and so are you.

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