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We sit here
In our neat little rows,
Typing away,
Checking our phones.
You chatter away
About weekend plans
The holidays
And everything grand.
I try to join in
But the words disappear
I get choked at the thought
Of holiday cheer.
What you don’t see
When we look in the eye
Is the fear that tonight
Is the night I will die.
You don’t see the tears
Or the way that I jump 
When I see a reflection
Or feel a slight bump.
You only know 
That I’m checking my phone
Looking at screenshots
Of the rooms of my home.
Trying to see
Who lies in wait
What I will meet
When I pass through 
That gate.
But I smile and keep silent
And silently say good-bye
To each and every one of you
As I try not to cry.
Knowing that tomorrow
This seat may be bare
Afraid to stay, Afraid to leave
Afraid that I still care.
So if you read this 
And you wander
How you could not have known…
This is what domestic violence looks like
Silent, smiling, and alone. 

Copyright © Rachel Kovacs | Year Posted 2017


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  1. Date: 11/24/2017 11:09:00 AM

    Rachel, this write is amazing, I was enthralled with each word, well done ~
  1. Date: 11/22/2017 12:34:00 PM

    A silent fear masked by smiles...Powerful write Rachel
  1. Date: 11/22/2017 9:38:00 AM

    Potent impacting pen Rachel, your forward too. Molested at a young age, I wholly relate. I wish you peace and ease of being dear poetess. xomo