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The Vow of Abuse

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The Vow of Abuse

When love was new, she felt so sure that he
was perfect for her! Everywhere they’d go
together, and he’d call her constantly.
They quickly married, for he loved her so!

He made a promise; this is what he’d do:
watch over her forever, and she found
it so romantic, but she had no clue
how closely to that man she would be bound.

He certainly watched over her, for she
was forced to quit her job. Each dime she spent
was monitored. She had no privacy.
He even checked each email that she sent.

Too soon she learned he kept his vow too well.
To have someone watch over her was hell.

Copyright © Andrea Dietrich

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  1. Date: 6/15/2013 11:14:00 PM
    Beautifully put, it seems that there are many men around like this, still, thanks for sharing. it was enjoyed

  1. Date: 5/23/2013 6:28:00 PM
    well penned, I see you won with it as well. reads like a " Lifetime movie"

  1. Date: 5/21/2013 10:33:00 PM
    That is a great poem on abuse and what happens. Well done on this one and I see it was a winner. Congrats on it. love phyl

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 9:35:00 PM
    Andrea, this is a very touching subject when one abuses the power and love of vows. Congratulations, in Susan's "ABUSE" contest... Goodnight **PD

  1. Date: 5/20/2013 6:04:00 AM
    congrats on a great win Andrea

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:33:00 PM
    Hi Andrea, A deep winning poem of abuse. Congratulations, *Luv ~ SKAT~

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 9:21:00 PM
    Congratulation Andrea, very smooth poem. In a few words a lot was written. Love Terry xoxoxo a 7>>> FAV.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 6:28:00 PM
    Very real abuse...congratulations Andrea ...great topic and win

  1. Date: 5/16/2013 6:30:00 PM
    Very powerful, I just wrote my first Sonnet so thought I would check out one of yours to see if I am on track.

  1. Date: 5/15/2013 3:13:00 PM
    wow Andrea, i like how you tell this,, a marriage of one sided ownership, this is so good,

  1. Date: 5/14/2013 1:13:00 PM
    Hold on too tight, it slips away. We've all heard it said in many ways. Young love so promising, but that was then. So sad when it's told again and again. A prayer for peace and a breath of fresh air. A solemn vow that they both can share. Peace Andrea. :) This is a gritty one.

  1. Date: 5/11/2013 3:00:00 PM
    chilling and powerful write, Andrea - a big winner for sure

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 5:12:00 PM
    hi andrea, this is a good entry for the contest and the title is an excellent one; there is truth in this, effective and affecting, I can relate to your words here...

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 4:18:00 PM
    Suspect leads life to hell. It happens in life of many. Realistic approach. Thanks........., loved always, bl

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 4:10:00 PM
    Andrea nicely written. This happens way too often. Verbal, mental or physical abuse it all deadens one's soul. Thanks for sharing. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 1:14:00 PM
    God, do I hate control freaks! Hey! She can put one right between his eyes. Love, daver

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 9:16:00 AM
    As John Lennon sang "The dream is over"...Good stuff here, Andie...Actually this poem makes me mad...Nothing but insecurity here - Tim

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 6:33:00 AM
    I know some couples like this...a little jealousy is a good thing...too much is a terrible thing. Great write, Andrea.

  1. Date: 5/10/2013 12:13:00 AM
    I've seen a taste of relationships like this (though the roles were reversed... the girl being the overseer). Best of luck on the contest! I wrote about abuse awhile back... though it goes way over 16 lines and touches on a very sensitive topic. When I become brave I'll post it.

  1. Date: 5/9/2013 10:58:00 PM
    Right on girl. I agree with you. To have someone watch over you. is OK, but not that way. Thanks for sharing, Lucilla