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I'm running faster and faster
To where I don't know
Fearing more what I leave behind
Than the scary place of the unknown
That I now run towards

My face sore as the bruises come to life
My eyes red from crying terrified tears
I have nothing more than the clothes that I wear
But never going back is all I can think of

Should I go to the Police?
Show them what he's done?
Up to now he's been so clever and never bruised my face
But now I have the ultimate prize of a glowing black eye

But still I fear in their care I will not be safe
That they will force me back to where I will surely die
As the words I'd proudly shouted, with enough distance gained
' I am never ever coming back' echoed within my weary smile

How far he chased me I'll never know
As I slowed the enormity of what had just happened drained
But as I tears fearful of what would become betrayed my new found strength
My resolve to take on whatever it took stubbornly became tattooed on my mind

And as I cried in my sisters arms
And my brother-in-law told me it would be OK
I begun a long difficult journey
To where I am today

But no sleeping on floors
In an alleyway
Damp cold dirty bed-sits
Hunger and lonely nights wondering how I would survive
Were ever worse than where I had run from

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