He was the most handsome guy she’d seen
Suave, charismatic, and shaven clean
His smile made her weak in the knees
In her stomach she felt butterflies and bees
When he asked her out it was a dream come true
The first date of many; soon years turned to two
Her friends thought she was the luckiest girl
When he proposed not just with diamonds but a pearl
Their wedding was a hit with no expense spared
No couple could match their love; none even dared
Few months went by of wedded bliss
T’was then her friends noticed something amiss
She bailed out on them several times in a row
Making excuses to be with her husband in tow
Her family worried that to them she no longer spoke
They wondered aloud if the couple was broke
She was seen in the shops dripping with diamonds and pearls
But underneath the façade was a broken young girl
Battered and bruised as he hit her each day
Abusing her with words, bringing her to shame
He said he was sorry more times than she’d known
Each time she forgave him for she feared being alone
Five years later, she’d lost all her friends
He was the only one for her in the end
She’d tried to leave him more than once
But he made her feel guilty by hurting himself
How could she leave him when he was broken too
She was his saviour, that much she knew
Yet at the same time, he told her she was worthless
No one would love her and once gone, none would miss
There was only one answer, one way to end the pain
She had to get out of this cycle driving her insane
She planned her escape without letting him know
It was going to be spectacular; an amazing show
On their seventh anniversary, he talked about the itch
And later that night started his game by calling her a bitch
But this time she was prepared way more than before
She pulled the trigger emitting bullets to his core
The look of horror on his face was priceless
She breathed heavily, glad to be out of this mess
As he took his final breath, drenched in blood to his feet
She rang up the cops and told them of the deed
A trial would be an ordeal to get through
But gaol would be better than what she’d had to endure
The jury saw what the clean shaven monster had done
She finally rejoiced at her ultimate freedom

(c) Sanch – Living my Imperfect Life (2014)

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***Linking with Poetry Jam for their prompt Unexpected***

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  • brian miller
    16 July 2014 at 9:29 pm

    ugh…what a quickly deteriorating road underneath her….living the lie….the glitz…the glam…the abuse…
    i am glad she finally got out…so true in how they try to isolate…take away family and friends making it easier to control as well….

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  • Mary
    16 July 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Yikes. That does seem to have been a difficult situation, one hard to endure. Too bad she didn’t just pack her bags and leave though rather than taking his life & having to live with that for the rest of her life.

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  • Alka narula
    17 July 2014 at 12:43 am

    Nicely spun …. I am glad she is a free bird now !
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  • Kinmin
    17 July 2014 at 1:39 am

    A very well written poem Sanch, you have expressed so many emotions in such a beautiful form, the flow is seamless, yet it’s gripping till the very end.
    I almost thought she was going to shoot herself, and it was a pleasant surprise to see the end.
    Thankfully, she had the courage to leave, which doesn’t always happen in such cases, especially when the victim has been isolated. But I wonder if it would be better to just leave, rather than kill him, and deal with the consequences all her life.. Have you seen the movie Provoked?
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  • Sumana Roy
    17 July 2014 at 2:10 am

    what a devastating and unexpected end !! she could have taken other ways to come out of that abyss…nice take on the prompt..

  • Shilpa Garg
    17 July 2014 at 2:41 am

    This is the story of so many women! You have portrayed their life, their pain and facade so well!
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  • alan1704
    17 July 2014 at 3:25 am

    Wow , powerful and thought provoking, this is quite a poem. Well done.

  • kalpana solsi
    17 July 2014 at 3:54 am

    a bit of gory details but that was her life. She could have packed her bags and bid a silent good-bye to liberate herself from his slavery.
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  • Zita
    17 July 2014 at 7:25 am

    Wow… What a powerful poem and so well written.. Horrible to think that’s the reality for so many women 🙁
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  • Gabriella
    17 July 2014 at 8:48 am

    This is quite a story you’ve told. Abuse is terrible and more often than not it is the woman who dies.
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  • Vidya Sury
    17 July 2014 at 4:16 pm

    A big round of applause to you, Sanch!

    I loved that verse!
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  • Rajlakshmi
    17 July 2014 at 5:59 pm

    It’s sad that many women go through this. You portrayed it brilliantly with your words.
    I am glad she was free at last.
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  • Suzy
    17 July 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Very well written. So many women go through this and it takes a lot of courage to break free.
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  • Bikram
    17 July 2014 at 8:09 pm

    I think its the first step that is the most difficult .. but courage is required and bearing also is a SIN.. so good she stood up and He got what he deserved for sure

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  • arathi
    18 July 2014 at 3:04 am

    ohh..it’s the story of many women..abuse is so terrible..it’s difficult to share..very nice:)
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  • Richa Singh
    18 July 2014 at 3:04 am

    At times there is a lot that goes beneath surfaces. Perhaps she could have strung more and some might say why didn’t she react before. But in the end what mind does and say depends on what one can endure.
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  • Peggy
    18 July 2014 at 9:32 am

    What a sad story. Unfortunately not an uncommon one. Your presentation did capture my interest and I read quickly to the end to see what happened.

  • Arushi
    18 July 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Some beautiful faces can be so deceiving… Lovely …

  • vishalbheeroo
    19 July 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Finally, she found her freedom and broke the chain of fear. A grim reality painted with deft and competence.
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  • Nicholas V.
    22 July 2014 at 9:26 am

    A sad but unfortunately all too common story. The unexpected part is that such an angel of husband coudl turn into a devil… Well written.
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  • Mrs Minerva
    23 July 2014 at 12:37 am

    You have described perfectly well the abuse some women have to unfortunately deal with, as well as the attitude their husbands have towards them. I’m glad she decided to free herself in the end – it’s a shame it took her so long, though. This is really a poem that’s worth reading, Sanch!
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