© February 18, 2016 BY Swami X

battered woman

He raises his hand

to stroke her face

She flinches

too many strikes

have made her jumpy


He places his mouth on hers

expressing his love with saliva

She tastes the countless lips

clandestinely kissed

Apologized and forgotten

From his mind

but still residing in hers

He has left a permanent mark

A branding of abuse

Scarred scared

She is afraid to remove her make-up

Fearing he will think her ugly


Maybe time will pass

And so will her


feeling not enough


Until then

She is a shell of what she used to be

Pretending to love

Fearing she no longer can

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