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The Stain

I look at it, this permanent stain
 And am reminded of all of the pain.
 This splotch created from reasons inane;
 Let me take the time and try to explain.

 It was the summer of 2006,
 The first time I was hit with his fist.
 I caught him thieving and he got pissed,
 So his fist and my face began to kiss.

 I saw bright stars as I hit the floor. 
Punched by the man that I chose to adore.
 Betrayal dug deep into my very core,
 As my face stung and became very sore.

 I looked down to see blood on my shirt,
 My ACADEMY tee, large and covert.
 At that moment, I felt lower than dirt,
 Immobilized and shocked from all of the hurt.

 The stain of dried blood that won't come out.
 I tried so hard; I even used SHOUT.
 Hatred for him slowly came about.
 Everything about me I began to doubt.

 Why keep evidence of a painful past?
 That's a question I'm frequently asked.
 Violence was sadly part of my life's cast.
 That's why it hasn't yet been trashed. 

I look at my stain as a love gone wrong,
 A stain that contains a sad love song,
 A stain that sets off a mental gong,
 But the sound of the noise doesn't stay long.

 This stain screams of a time of nonsense
 When love superseded all common sense.
 I have overcome domestic violence
 And I no longer live in the defense.

 This dried blood blot does not control me.
 It is permanent but the pain's temporary.
 So now you understand the painful story
 Of the stain blazoned upon my old, white tee.

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  1. Date: 4/11/2012 2:42:00 PM
    It is hard to be violated and still love the person who laid their hands upon you. I too know this pain. You have tremendous courage.

    Gilmore Avatar Constance Gilmore
    Date: 4/11/2012 6:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I'm sorry that you have a personal understanding of this type of situation. Thank you very much for the compliment. :)
  1. Date: 4/11/2012 12:32:00 PM
    I do not understand what you are saying, having never been struck, but I can empathize with the pain it caused you. Beyond the physical is the emotional betrayal of all that you trusted. i always hurt myself more than anyone else can ever hurt me. this poem will stay with me.

    Gilmore Avatar Constance Gilmore
    Date: 4/11/2012 12:34:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Be fortunate that you have never had a man you love hit you. It's a sad and very depressing feeling. Thank you for reading it and providing feedback. :)
  1. Date: 4/11/2012 12:25:00 PM
    yes, i have been there also. At last, when I stopped beating myself up about something very personal, others stopped beating me up also. best wishes always, Hugs, Catie :)

    Gilmore Avatar Constance Gilmore
    Date: 4/11/2012 12:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This is way too common and it's heartbreaking. Thank you for reading and taking the time to respond. :)