After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars [Update]

Here is another excerpt from my book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars’

 

In Memory

 

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.

 

P.S.

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 

 

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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
30000 Ipoh
Tel : 05-2469715

https://www.facebook.com/PerakWomenforWomen/

https://www.facebook.com/1MillionStars/

58 Comments

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    This made me cry. Xx

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    1. michnavs says:

      oh dear… how are you Lorraine?

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      1. blindzanygirl says:

        I am fine thankyou. The poem just reminded me of a lot, and of how powerless and helpless you can be when you go blind and sick, and the way is wide open for those who want to abuse. My mom jyst died too, so lots going on. But the poems you have posted are absolutely brilliant. We go on, don’t we, and hopefully the stars won’t fall from our eyes 😊

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      2. michnavs says:

        I am so sorry to hear that Lorraine..i admire your spirit and resilience though..and yes, we move on and we won’t let the stars fall from our eyes, ever…with love, kindness and compassion we can all turn all the bad into good and move forward.

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      3. blindzanygirl says:

        I hope so mich. it is our only hope xxxx

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      4. michnavs says:

        It is with that hope that we continue to create awareness Lorraine…sending you much love..

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  2. calmkate says:

    incredibly sad, well written and so moving … it’s so wrong!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you kate for saying it is indeed so wrong…and that is why we i continue to create awareness as abuse and violence is becoming rampant lately..

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      1. calmkate says:

        no it’s always been there I just think that people are finally acknowledging it … but the murders here are way out of control!
        Women have a right to be very afraid 😦

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      2. michnavs says:

        You are right kate…..and yes i saw the fear in the eyes of those women who have been victims of abuse even after they get help.

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      3. calmkate says:

        sadly that fear never entirely leaves …

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  3. Gina says:

    oh wow! Congrats and so amazing to see you in a local paper here! I am floored by your achievements, truly you have used your god given talents to not just raise awareness but bring hope to these women. You are not just beautiful inside and out, you are an inspiration to all! again so so proud of you!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Gina….i am really happy to have helped and inspired these women…it is something that i wanted to do for the longest time and i am happy its finally happening..

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      1. Gina says:

        its just the beginning of great things for you, you are making an impact

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      2. michnavs says:

        😊😊😊thank you for your support always..

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      3. Gina says:

        oh my pleasure! see you soon!

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  4. aysabaw says:

    Napakaraming kasong ganito. Lalo na sa mga Islamic Countries

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    1. michnavs says:

      That’s right and even back home there..marami din di lng nagsasalita…for fear and sometimes, the sad truth nahihiyang magsalita

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      1. aysabaw says:

        Kaya nga, lalo na yung mga akala nila eh wala na silang choice kaya nagtitiis sa mapang abusong asawa

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      2. michnavs says:

        Tama ka ..kaya its time they learn to speak up …

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  5. Very well written. Never accept violence in any relationship, no matter the abuser tell you, that it is because of their enormously love for you, that they do it.
    Abuse is abuse. Run before it seems to late.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Irene for adding your thoughts here. Abuse is indeed abuse no regardless of the reason…and yes, leave before its too late.

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  6. I am crying tears of sorrow for women like Kayla…and too many other females who have suffered abuse, or are still suffering abuse. 😦
    I am crying tears of joy for women like Kayla who have gotten help! Their courage and example are shining light to all of us! 🙂
    Oh, Michelle, I am so so SO proud of you! You are making a HUGE positive difference in the world! Thank you for all you have done, and continue to do, to make people aware and to help them to stand up, speak out, and help others!
    I loved reading that wonderful newspaper article! Your quote about the title of your book made me smile!!! 🙂
    You are a star AND you and your smile light up the world!
    ⭐️ 🙂 ⭐️ 🙂 ⭐️ 🙂 ⭐️ 🙂 ⭐️
    HUGS!!!

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    1. michnavs says:

      I am so happy so appreciate my work Carolyn. Its not easy to provide direct assistance to the victims as this requires skillful individuals who are trained to help and assist abused women; but we can always create awareness and provide voice to all those who have been silenced by fear and humiliation.
      Thank you too for your support always..

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      1. Yes! And you are sharing the stories of so many women which always helps other women. 🙂
        You’re welcome! 🙂

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      2. michnavs says:

        Together we can put an end to this culture of abuse and violence..

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  7. murisopsis says:

    Heart rending sorrow. This is a beautiful poem and a terrifying story. I hope she has a happy ending – for her self and her children!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Kayla was able to find help and leave her abusive husband and is now back in school to finish a degree. It wasn’t easy though but with the help of her family she is by now surely going to have her happy ending..

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  8. Oh Mich, this is so touching and so well expressed! Women suffer so much in false hope.

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    1. michnavs says:

      That is true Punam..i realized that most victims were actually victims of false hopes and promises before they were even victims of abuse and violence.

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  9. A sad but beautifully written poem, and I’m so glad that Kayla finally got out of that horrible situation. There is hope and a life beyond abuse when people care enough to make a difference. Thanks for being one of those people.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Di for the support always..victims of abuse and violence will always have hope, all they need to do is find the courage to speak up…find the courage to be brave amidst fear.

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  10. Very sad but Kayla was so brave and she moved out from her abusive husband. Sometimes these husbands get pleasure from victimising their wives. They need to be behind bars. Thanks for this beautiful share, Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Its going to be a long battle Kamal but i know with all the awareness campaign and with the kind of help available, we will slowly eradicate the culture of abuse.

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      1. Yes of course we can, Mich.

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  11. Jules says:

    To me it is amazing how smart women can be controlled. They forget that they have choices. In most public restrooms there are posters in several languages to tell women who are abused that they have a safe place to contact. It is good to have family that supports the truth. That isn’t always the case.

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    1. michnavs says:

      That’s true Jules…it is a good thing that we have a good family support but sadly for others they don’t have….and though, all awareness and campaign efforts have been made already about abuse and violence yet many stays in an abusive relationship still. In my journey of writing the book i realized that there are so many factors why women stay in an abusive relationship and we cannot really undermine those factors…

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  12. Beautiful work Michnavs I pleased she found the courage to get help it takes a lot of time for the fear to subside because it becomes so ingrained.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for your continued support. And yes it takes time for fear to go..

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      1. Wishing you a wonderful Festive Season with a Happy and successful New Year.

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      2. michnavs says:

        Thank you so much and i wish the same thing for your too.

        Happy holidays and have a blessed year ahead 😊😊😊

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  13. Another poignant excerpt from your book dear Mich and a reminder of our many blessings to those in loving relationships how fortunate we are to be blessed when we look at the misfortune of others..

    Have a blessed Christmas dear Mich, stay strong, and continued well wishes with the sales of this very important book in bringing awareness to the world.

    Love and Hugs.
    Sue ❤

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks so much Sue and have a blessed christmas to you and to your family too
      Sending you lots of love of this season..

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  14. Kally says:

    You are beautiful. This post made me teared. You took your words and shine a light on the tragic lives of many. You’ve come a long way and I’m so proud of you!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Kally..you are right ..and i know you would really be proud of me as i remembered you were the first to feature me in your blog when i was just starting many years ago….

      Happy holidays and sending my love to your little Diva..😚😚😚

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      1. Kally says:

        Happy holidays, my dear.. I’m so proud you have accomplished so much and I know you will accomplish so much more in the new year.

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  15. How very sad. I liked the way you compared the fire “of her scarf” to the fire that was lit inside her to seek help.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Luanne and thanks for sharing your thoughts here .

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  16. Anita Bacha says:

    Congrats for your book,Mich! The subject is appealing and sad at the same time. I personally know a great deal about abuse, physical, mental,verbal and emotional.
    I wish you and your book plenty of success.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Anita…😊😊😊

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  17. Empowering story, Mich! Wonderful photo of you. Congratulations for your great work and voice. ❤️

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh wow….how are you Rose? I am happy to see you here..

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