Game Plan

Game Plan

you murdered my pride when you repeatedly cursed me with your words.
your words that appeared to be deadlier than any weapon in this world.
it hurt me so bad i could die a million death, it hurt me so bad.
those words, your words, you use them to cut the deepest wound.
you murdered my pride.
you ruined my dreams.
you toppled down my spirit.
everytime you open your mouth

no mercy is your game.
and i, i am your willing victim.

oh, i used to be your willing victim. ‘cos i chose to free myself from your pride and ego; from your temper and disposition.

you no longer have the power to hurt me. not now. not tomorrow. not ever.

no mercy, my game today.

i had a recent conversation with two (2) college girls sharing thoughts about a college professor who blatantly told his studentst “girls should dress appropriately so that boys/men won’t have the reason to be tempted to harass them. it is the girls’/women’s responsibility to dress and act accordingly and never give any man the reason”. how sick could this college professor be? really? seriously? i couldn’t believe that we have men like this in our academic institutions. these men do not desereve to be where girls/women are expected to be protected and boys/men are expected to be taught to always by all means respect girls/women. no matter what and regardless of. point in case mr. professor, how do you explain kids/minors/children being molested/raped by sick adult men? how do you explain the case of a fully covered religious woman walking being raped? how do you explain the case of a college girl in full school uniform being sexually assaulted by a male friend?

its about time we re assess the way we view abuse and violence.

because in case you are not aware rape is rape no matter what, especially in the absence of consent. abuse is still abuse regardless of.

women have the right to live free from violence, even men too. violence of any form should never be tolerated.

as we celebrate WOMEN’S MONTH, let us together work hand in hand and rally a community to help everyone in situation where violence is present.

remember, violence could happen to anyone. even to the most beautiful, most succeessful woman who see every morning on your way to work.

be mindful.

be sensitive.

and then help.

New Book Update

poetrybymich 💫💥💛 happy weekend dear friends and poets

💢”After Rain Skies” is now available for pre – order as ebook copy via  Kobo.Com💢

💢Link in my bio or you can just click this:https://www.kobo.com/ph/en/ebook/after-rain-skies-second-edition💢

💢Kindle file and paperback copy will be available via Amazon.💢

Stars Fled from Your Eyes

 stars fled from your eyes
and the shadow of death
cast upon your face
on this dark gloomy night
filled with goodbyes
and unending sighs
of a once-promising life

stars fled from your eyes
and you stop dreaming
of what could have been’s
and what if’s
a future you may never see
for it has become so bleak
and gloomy

stars fled from your eyes
and it may never come back
unless you take the courage
to speak up
seek for help
and maybe, just maybe
start anew

stars fled from your eyes, but you’re not done yet

P.S  “After Rain Skies – Second Edition” – a portion of my royalty fee for this book will go to Perak Women for Women Society. An NGO that helps and supports victims of abuse and violence. Your purchase of the book will help a woman in need of shelter, suport and therapy.

After Rain Skies – Second Edition

poetrybymich 😔💔Women have the right to live free from violence. Let your voice be heard

Join me and the rest of the world in spreading awareness and putting an end to the culture of abuse and violence

💢”After Rain Skies – Second Edition”💢
       releasing March 8, 2022

I would like to say “THANK YOU” to Ms. Yip Siew Keen, Ms. Sumathi Sivamaby, Anthony and Ma. Leni Sanchez,  Paul and Jocelyn Almedilla, and Ms. Nancy Baltazar for writing the foreword.

“I am forever grateful to all of you”🙏

It was a random trip to Ipoh, Perak Malaysia along its iconic Concubine Lane that led me to this wonderful journey of writing prose and poetry on abuse and violence. I saw a small shop decorated with colorful stars all over. I went inside the shop to check out what was so special inside. I learned that it is a shop run by PERAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY, a non – governmental organization that helps and supports victims of abuse and violence. It was during this time (2019) when they were advertising their ONE MILLION STAR TO END VIOLENCE campaign advocacy. I was so moved by their efforts that upon arriving home I began writing and posting poems on abuse and violence urging my fellow writers/bloggers/poets to help me help PWWS reach their ONE-MILLIONTH star. The response was overwhelming. I received hundreds of emails from women all over the world sharing their own stories of abuse and violence. I responded to each and every email at first. I was already in touch with Ms. Yip then (one of the founders of PWWS). We realized that we could do more than just answering to their letters and provide them with comforting words.

I realized that with our voice, our passion it is very possible to rally a community to take notice and start to defend, help, and understand our friends, neighbors, co-workers, sisters, relatives, and everyone around us who are suffering from abuse and violence who do not know how to defend themselves and who actually do not know who to trust and most importantly whose voices are being silenced by fear, by hurt, and by hopelessness.

So, thus the first edition of “After Rain Skies” was born in 2019.

Cases of abuse and violence increased over the years, especially with the outbreak of the worldwide pandemic. Covid 19 forced women to stay at home and thus, made them more vulnerable to abuse and violence.

“After Rain Skies –Second Edition” is another compilation of true and inspiring stories of abuse and violence in prose and poetry. This edition includes a very sensitive topic/issue of sexual abuse or most commonly known as rape. I refused to include this in the first edition because the stories at hand at that time were so heartbreaking that I could not even finish one piece without crying. This time amidst my tears and broken heartedness, I managed to finish writing it. After all, if I will not do it now – when?

My action, my voice, the work of PWWS, and your eagerness to help are just a little light of hope in a very dark world today; but one thing for sure, this will spark hope.

Together, we can actually put an end to the culture of abuse and violence.

Silent War (After Rain Skies, Second Edition)

Silent War

No one doubts that you’re in pain when you’re walking around bleeding. You’re lucky, if someone believes you’re hurt, without you having to forcibly cut off an arm.

Naira was fine. She was perfect. There wasn’t a scratch on her. She was just about to throw herself off the top of a high-rise, that was all. And what was so special about that?

Everyone had problems. Anyone who thought their problems deserved attention just wasn’t trying hard enough to solve them. Right?

War was hard. Poverty was hard. Going out to break you’re back trying to make money was hard. But when war is at the doorstep, what do you expect to do?” Stand still and be quiet?

Marriage? You couldn’t possibly be complaining about being married. You wanted to be married, didn’t you? Learning your partner’s personality, his tendencies, his flaws. That was your responsibility, wasn’t it?

No one asks for international tensions. No one leaves his mother’s womb asking Allah to make him poor. But you, you made a choice, gave a vow. It was a commitment no one forced you into. You deal with it.

He never even hit you. Why are you unhappy? Others have it worse, Naira. Other women get new bruises every day. Do you see them leaving their husbands? That’s right.

You deal with the yelling. And the things he says. In front of your parents, in front of your brothers and sisters, in front of your co-workers. What was the worst they could do anyway? They were just words.

See, you’re fine. Naira, you’re perfect. Not a scratch on you. In all of ten years, not a bruise on you. And—

You’re tired. And that’s okay. You did everything you could.

It’s time to make yourself well.

All relationships lie somewhere in the middle of healthy and unhealthy at any given time. That’s why it’s important to identify the patterns and behaviors of our own relationships. Because relationships that visit the unhealthy area one too many instances tend to like to stay there.

For Reena’s

“After Rain Skies” (a compilation of true and inspiring stories of abuse and violence) will be out in all platforms worldwide on MARCH 8, 2022.

After Rain Skies (second edition)

poetrybymich 🥺Women have the right to live free from violence. Let your voice be heard

💛After Rain Skies (second edition) – Releasing March 8, 2022) 💛

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.

 She found out she could leave only after he tried to kill her.

Let there be no more Kayla, let every woman live a life they deserve.

Together let us join the rest of the world in celebrating the hero in every woman, this MARCH 2022

Yes! There’s no place for complacency.

 Sadly though none of us will probably witness the end of the culture of violence in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children.

 But, we can all play a part.

Women have the right to live free from violence.

Let your voice be heard