M Manese // 09162014
The first time she made excuses for him, it was because he was late.
He’s just stuck in traffic, she said. He’ll get here eventually. The
first time she made excuses for him was not the last.
The first time she stayed silent, she had her knuckles in between her
teeth, her head throbbing the way her cheeks were. He had too much to
drink, she said. He didn’t mean it. He loves me. He said so. But in
between the I love you was too much synonyms for stupid. Telling her she
never gets anything right, will never get anything right. And like all
lies, when repeated enough, starts sounding like truths.
She also learned the hard way that the worst monsters are not the
ones in storybooks; but rather, the ones brave enough to look at you
straight in the eye, share your bed, kiss your lips and tell you they
love you. As if the passion can make the pain go away. As if the words
change the fact that you’re a wreck of black and blue. It doesn’t. What
helps is fighting back;
So woman, learn to fight back. Learn early that venom takes on more
than one form, that words hurt just as much as fists does, sometimes
even more. But in turn, learn as well that in your vein rests bravery,
be not afraid to bleed for your freedom. Your hands are not made of
glass even if he is trying to break you. You are of skin and hardwood,
be sturdy enough to defend yourself. Woman, fight back. Know that he’s
only as powerful as you let him be, and that you are more powerful if
you just let yourself see. Woman, fight back. Know his words shouldn’t
hold weight enough to bring you down, never make him your world when
you’re just another name he won’t remember. Woman, fight back. Make him
learn why you will be the one he won’t be able to forget. Turn the
tables around, make the ground shake. Woman, fight back. If you ever
feel like you can’t breathe anymore when there isn’t even hands around
your throat, leave before they even start to approach. Woman, fight
back. Make him learn what happens when he ignores the word ‘no’. That
you’re capable of making hell manifest from within your eyes if you
stare at him long enough. So stare at him long enough. Make him sweat.
Make him squirm. Make him regret ever laying a finger on you. Use your
claws, leave marks on his flesh. Spin him with your own web, show him
real power. Show him what strength really is. Show him ‘woman’. Make him
tremble in your presence instead, see how he likes it. Scare him, show
him the monster he created in you, make him beg for forgiveness. Give it
to him. Astound him with your ability to forgive and be reborn. You are
endless, you are alive. Understand that he’s an empty shell of a
person, more breakable than you ever were, incapable of kindness. Show
him kindness. Leave him. And never apologize for breaking free. Be free.
Live again. Love again. Be alive again. And from now on, woman, fight
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Hi! Let's all try to add more positivity in this world and adhere to the saying, "if you don't have anything nice to say, keep silent."
Showering you with unicorn poop so you'd always stay magical! Heart heart!