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?

P.S

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. https://lifeafter50forwomen.com/2020/11/16/what-do-you-see-56-16-november-2020/

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.

49 Comments

  1. Despite all the progress, sadly many forms of abuse against women is still prevalent. Very powerful piece Mich.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanl you and I agree Radhika…its still going strong…but we shoud never stop

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  2. Sadje says:

    You’re so right, this poem speaks so well of the woman in this photo. Abuse and violence need to stop now and only stronger women will stop it. Thanks Mich for joining in.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too so much Sadje for the photo prompt..😍

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      1. Sadje says:

        It’s always a pleasure

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  3. Wow! πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, thank you..

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  4. murisopsis says:

    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…

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    1. michnavs says:

      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.

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  5. Such powerful strong words Mich and sad truths. We need to do better in education and support!
    ❀️ Cindy

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Cindy….😊😊😊we nees more people to rally on this.

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      1. You are so welcome and you are so right to!

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  6. judeitakali says:

    Passionately written. πŸ™πŸΎ Strong.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw, thank you Jude.

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      1. judeitakali says:

        My pleasure Michelle 🧑

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  7. rkrontheroad says:

    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.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and thank you on behalf of all those who have been victims of violence for your services…

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  8. Your poem is beautiful – so much truth of so many, brings up sadness.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much…i hope one day, we get to witness a world free from violence..

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  9. calmkate says:

    a very powerful poem Mich, you captured it so well … but the fear of dying binds them there 😦

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much kate….i hope that one day soon we see hope in this issue..😊😊

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      1. calmkate says:

        when men learn to respect women …

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      2. michnavs says:

        Yes… respect…

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  10. utahan15 says:

    dog and butterfly
    give it a try
    fly away
    home so soon

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    1. michnavs says:

      😊😊😊

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  11. Sad and tragic, yet beautifully expressed.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much 😊😊

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  12. Oh it is the life of many to a greater or lesser degree. You wrote it so beautifully. Behaviour can be brutally subtle and so cruel.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Nanette…keep safe in there😍

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  13. 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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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Carolyn..always and for your support…😍😍😍may we one day see the light we’ve always wanted to see..

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  14. Superb and what a passionate poem, Mich. Every stanza was beautiful. Too good.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw thank you dear Kamal..so much for your kind words

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      1. You are always welcome dear Mich.

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  15. -Eugenia says:

    Powerful words, Mich! No one should have to endure abuse from another.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Eugi..it is indeed😍

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      1. -Eugenia says:

        Most welcome, Mich!

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  16. ivor20 says:

    You’ve captured the tortured soul in all it’s painful loneliness Mich…. superb ..xx

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Ivor..

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      1. ivor20 says:

        🌏😊My pleasure

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  17. HappySoul says:

    That’s a powerful piece Mich, just wow!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Aw thank you😍

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  18. so vivid and heart wrenching, dear!

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Rosie

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  19. Chris Hall says:

    This is so well done, Mich! ‘…every word he utters is a knife…’ such a loaded sentence – abuse doesn’t have to be physical.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I agree Chris sometimes the pain of verbal and emotional abuse is even more difficult to process and accept.

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