How Much More?

you lost your voice

in the roaring thunder

of his growing ego

as you lost your consciousness

under his vicious hands.

how much more of that sound do you need to bear,

deaf in the truth of torture and agony?

you lost your mind

with every scornful tone

from the blast

of his nasty outrage

and abomination.

how much more of the mockery do you need to take,

to run away and seek help?

you lost your glow

for every word

he utters is a knife

that cuts off the very essence

of your being

how much more of that smile will you hold,

to unfold the truth that you are suffering silently?


A poem included in my book “After Rain Skies”. I cannot think of any other piece fitted to the photo of Sadje for this week’s WDY, but this one.

The agony, the pain, the hurt and the hopelessness of an abused woman is so evident … so much so that it transcends beyond the photograph.

Let this be a reminder … a reminder to take part and help stop the culture of abuse and violence.

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links – –

49 thoughts on “How Much More?

  1. A strong and emotionally charged poem. Mostly the world sees the end result of the violence, the newspaper stories of murder or arrests after the fact. What remains hidden from public scrutiny is the everyday acts of violence perpetrated upon women and children. These are kept hidden either out of shame or fear but only when a light is shone on them can a society take action, only then can the individual take action…


    1. You said it well Val, we are not made aware of the daily struggles of these women and children. At the same time we dont know how many of them are out there…and how many opted to hide and scream in silence and smile in pain.


  2. Beautifully, painful worded. I worked as a victims’ assistance counselor years ago and can understand how difficult it is for those abused women to finally ask for help, and most go back again and again.


  3. A powerful and important poem/message, SweetMich. It brings tears to my eyes.
    Too many women and children can relate. Thank you for speaking up…so many of them feel they can’t speak out.
    Please remember that many of us stand with you in working to bring peace…and healing.
    (((HUGS))) ❤


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