this one’s for the child, the abandoned child in you
don’t blame her for the misfortunes you had
she was given up by choice upon birth,
not even her fault
so if by some sad fate she was so hard and rebellious,
forgive her, for it was not her choice.
this one’s for the girl, the broken girl in you
don’t shame her for the mishaps you had
she grew up lost and astray in a place that sure was not hers
so if by some sad consequence she was delinquent,
pardon her, for it was not her choice.
this one’s for the young lady, the assaulted young lady in you
don’t humiliate her for the violence you had
she trusted so much and believed in the good of humanity
so if, by some sad repercussion, she was violated,
absolve her, for it was not her choice.
this one’s for the lady, the dumped lady in you
don’t disgrace her for the love you didn’t get
she was too young, too dumb, and too naive
so if, by some sad chance, she was broken and hurt,
acquit her, for it was not her choice.
this one’s for the woman, the abused woman in you
don’t condemn her for the exploitation you had
she was a victim, a silent victim
so if by chance she was hopeless and muted
condone her, for it was not her choice.
this one’s for you; abandoned, broken,
assaulted, dumped, and abused
you are not alone, and you will never be.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
Violence of any form is unacceptable and should never be tolerated.
To all silent victims, get help, speak up, and never be afraid.
Never be afraid. Know that someone out there will help you.
Together let us work hand in hand to eradicate the culture of abuse and violence.
It is possible to overcome both the trauma of domestic violence and the system’s injustice.
Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at WordPress at michnavs, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM - an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS.