(The picture is the project I submitted to the AADV Art Exhibit, this past Saturday.)
I wrote this poem, below, to be an entry in the Exhibit. It was not meant to be, so here it is, anyway:
Oh, the shoes that the people wear
Trying to just fit in; having perfect hair
All the hoops that are jumped Barely able to get by
Many just give up, as they lay down to die
Now, that doesn't happen to everyone
Some people fight it, til their life is done
Taken away by someone,
"in their right"
Their relationship goals To have a partner to fight
With, and dominate - this isn't the way
It is supposed to be, on the day that
"I do." "I'm committed." "We shall never part."
But they messily rip out, and stomp On the heart
Of the one that they "Love"!!! "No else loves you more!!!"
"No one else will have you!!!" "DON'T you walk out that door!!!"
But some do, and that Is THE most dangerous time
Because, The one that is left behind
Grows angrier, less rational Fear and anger take over
That their secret will be known So they stalk them, and hover
Staying just out of sight Til that moment presents
And they come out, and fight Growing more and more tense
Often to the death, Of all involved
They feel that this "problem" Cannot be resolved
So they take drastic measures To make sure THEY don't lose
And if the children survive They just pick up those shoes
And keep on walking Perpetuate, that cycle of abuse
Which, at times, I am sure Feels even more like a noose
Not a way to live Need to break that "Curse"
But until they realize, that It's more than just "words"
That true healing CAN come It is NOT the easy route
You must fight EVERY DAY And keep sharing what you're about
You're a Survivor, and know That you deserve more
No more walking on eggshells And being told you're a whore
So until more can
stand up And take back their lives
We stand in that gap And daily we strive
To spread the Awareness That this isn't the
That they have to walk on Til thru this nightmare they pass
We are here for you And will be, unto the end
When you can stand, And YOUR hand, will extend
To help the ones rising Up behind you, to heal
And know that "love" is not Just a weapon to "yield"
Keep walking, designing The shoes that YOU wear
So Domestic Violence is NO LONGER The burden YOU bear...
Connie R Jordan... Completed
101020 Based on AADV Art Exhibit 2021 theme, #walkinTHEIRshoes
Have a good day, and be safe... #ENDtheSILENCEofVIOLENCE ***www.ozerministriesinc.com*** #walkinTHEIRshoes #EtSoV
is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this, no matter what month it is, to help get the word out. The Victim has to make the choice - but, "What If..." they read something you sent them, that makes the difference? #walkinTHEIRshoes
*I will be sharing a "What If..." post on the first Monday, of every month. I would love to share YOUR "what ifs". Please send your "What If..." ideas to Connie J... - firstname.lastname@example.org; or through Ozer, at the website or email, email@example.com.