Here is another excerpt from my book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars’
In memory of the woman
Who screams silently
The secrets of her soul
May she rest in peace
With her lost words
And intimate beauty
Kayla would have been just a manufactured memory to her family, friends, and children, had she not taken the courage to walk away from her abusive husband.
Kayla’s husband portrayed her as the best thing on the planet to ever happen to him, that he loved and adored her, and they had the perfect family. And she was outspoken as a child, so people believed that if something was wrong, she would definitely speak up.
They were married for five years, and though he was very controlling from the moment they met, the abuse really started after she had their first baby, and her husband never left her alone with anyone, so she couldn’t speak about what was being done to her.
Kayla had no idea that it is possible to get help and even leave her abusive husband. She was a young bride when they got married. She was never allowed to find a job herself so that her husband provided everything for her.
She had no idea police would get involved and care, or that anybody else would care. That had been one of the main reasons she did not attempt leaving him. If she had known that she had the option, she would have left a long time ago.
She found out she could leave only after he tried to kill her.
Her mother, brother, and uncle went to the hospital and spoke with a hospital social worker, who told them the story her then husband was telling them about how she was burned. He told hospital staff that Kayla’s scarf had caught on fire while she was warming herself, as she is a Muslim.
But her family thought something wasn’t right.
What he actually did was pour turpentine on her and set her on fire.
It was that same fire that ignited the flame inside Kayla to leave her abusive husband for good. It wasn’t easy though, as her husband had long been prepared for the day she would finally have the courage to fight back. He had prepared his own supposed truthful and almost believable version of the story to cover up the abuse. But it didn’t stop her from getting help and finally seeking for a restraining order.
I want to say “A MILLION THANK YOU” to all those who purchased the book and helped in our advocacy.
Special thanks to Mal Das and to Mei Kuan of Ipoh Echo
More poems and stories of abuse and violence are available in my book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars”
Books are available for sale at
The PWW Centre
15 Market Street
Tel : 05-2469715