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Below is the poem entitled Battered which was written by poet Juanita Thorn. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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The black circle that surrounds my eye
Is the reason why at night I cry
My partner hits me ever so hard
While calling me a “stupid” and a “frigging retard”

What on Earth have I done to deserve this?
Every punch, he doesn’t ever miss
I thought it was love when we first met
But now I realise he’s a potential life threat

The smile I’ve pasted upon my face
Trying to bury my feelings deep down some place
But I’m getting so tired of pretending
I just want a Happy Ending

His fists are the size of my head
And his dark eyes fill me with dread
His veins that bulge on his neck
He has made me a nervous wreck

I’ve never felt so much hate before
It’s eating me inside, right to my core
I wish him dead, I honestly do
For all the torment he’s put me through

He reeks of alcohol and stale cigarettes
A crutch he uses so he forgets
His latest outburst of violence
That left me on the floor praying in silence

Can anyone out there hear me?
Help me, this is my final plea
God where are you why don’t you listen?
I scream this as the tears that roll down my face glisten.

©copyright Juanita Torr

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  1. Date: 1/5/2013 9:10:00 PM
    Juanita, i had a relationship were my x- was abusive... after a few months,,, i put his butt in jail.. 5 years later... he regretted ever making me cry every night... i truly hope this is not the situation with you right now... enjoyed the poem...pd