The Abuser…

03 Feb

Author’s Note:  I created the outline for a short story; which turned into this free verse poem “The Abuser”.  Abuse which  is real, it touches many; if you see someone being abused call 911.  Internet addresses for help is listed below this poem.


The Abuser

The smell of your breath makes me think of decay.  
I felt pain on my beat-up body and the crack of your 
belt buckle on my back.  
Your fists on my head felt as if my skull was going 
to break open; you push my face into the southern 
red soil that mirrored the bloodstains on your shirt 
as I lay beside the dirt road.
I clasp my battered body and prayed, fear rose in my 
closing throat; I slept and woke as time stood still.  
You leaned against the car smoking; you ask had I 
learned my lesson.
I asked myself if this was God’s plan for me, I am 
trapped and I am lost to the world of abuse; my soul 
has built a wall around itself ready to die.  If I could 
return to freedom I would, I have no rights; I live for 
You will soon say that you are sorry, while you continue 
to imprison me.  I know only madness and despair; I will 
welcome death on this tearless night from you my abuser.




Where to turn for help for domestic violence or abuse

In an emergency:

Call 911 or your country’s emergency service number if you need immediate assistance or have already been hurt.

Helplines for advice and support:

In the US: call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

UK: call Women’s Aid at 0808 2000 247.

Australia: call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732.

Worldwide: visit International Directory of Domestic Violence Agencies for a global list of helplines, shelters, and crisis centers.

For a safe place to stay:

In the US: visit for a state-by-state directory of domestic violence shelters in the U.S.


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6 responses to “The Abuser…

  1. Nick Gibbs

    February 3, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Visceral and effective. Very much to the point. Thank you.

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  2. reocochran

    February 7, 2016 at 1:48 am

    Hard to “like” but good to inform. Thank you since I have been in a controlled relationship and it was very defeating. I worked as a child advocate at a battered women’s dhelter. I hope that women/men who are parents will try to separate from hurtful partners for the sake of the children. This will break the “cycle of abuse.” ♡

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  3. Mags

    February 12, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Being a foster parent for many years I saw a lot of abused children and women. I am glad to see anyone anywhere doing something to help the abused. I was very pleased to see you had shared your poem and places to contact for help. Abuse is very real and there is more of it goes on every second of every day somewhere than people realize. It breaks my heart to know there are so many hurting and being hurt and need help. Hugs


    • elizabeth ann johnson-murphree

      February 12, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Yes, Yes, Yes…there is more help today than in “my day” and if I were the individual then that I am now it would have never happen to me either. Hugs back at you have a great weekend. E

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  4. milliethom

    February 15, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    An extremely powerful and hard-hitting poem, Elizabeth. The imagery is terrifying, but you have cleverly created a compelling read in order to get your important message across. Domestic violence, abuse of women is a worldwide problem and one so difficult to stamp out, particularly as many women are too scared of their abusers to come forward and report it. An excellent and informative post.

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