Reading domestic violence poetry is a good way to understand the suffering caused by such acts. Such poems can help us to feel the impact of abuse, relate more closely to the human impact, and give hope, strength and encouragement to others.
Here is a beautiful and heart-felt domestic violence poem submitted by one of our visitors that captures the deep seated pain that domestic abuse victims identify with.
It was the fields that knew me...My Identity
This land of milk and honey...
That was never meant to be...
I knew its'population, well almost every one...
The moss the creek the sparrows ...
Blue wrens that sang their song..
The poppies on the rise..so often waved from there
They whispered your so pretty too..
Come on up and braid us.. into your tasselled hair.
Frogs butterflies and crickets scampered from my sight ..
Why fear me little creatures that give me such delight..
The breeze the rains they visited...
A pleasure to our eyes...
But sometimes little enemies smote us from the
Frostbites and hailstones, they left an ugly tear
Upon the population that this field did bear..
The sun so cruelly teased ..with his burning smile
My eyes in constant taunt.. by the digging flies
And did the moon take pity..upon my blistered hand
No.. not when she shone too brightly
More toil at her command..
This Field... This Milk and Honey Land..
No longer green she be..
Beneath her concrete warehouses
Where nobody can see
There buried lies the secret of my identity.
- By Carmel of Australia
Women Against Domestic Violence has featured a number of different poets at their website. Check it out at http://wadv.org/poetry.htm.
Break the Cycle empowers youth to end domestic violence. Check out their list of poetry: http://www.breakthecycle.org/blog/poems-about-domestic-violence.
Poetry is often used by domestic violence organizations to draw attention to the impact of abuse. The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) includes a poem in it's annual Domestic Violence Awareness month. Kimberly A. Collins' Remember My Name written in 1995 has been inspiring victims for many years now. Read the her poem at the NRCDV website here: http://www.nrcdv.org/dvam/themes/dvap/Artwork-Files/POEM.pdf.
Poetry can also be a means of communication and journaling for those who are suffering abuse. An example of someone using domestic abuse poetry to express themselves is found in the Domestic "Abuse Poem" at http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/domestic-violence. As the writer describes it, this poem is from the mouth of one being abused, and the writer ponders on the question:
"I wonder if this is how my life will be from now until I die?"
This is the question that so many suffering from abuse have. The only way to answer this question is to stop the cycle of domestic violence by seeking help from a reputable domestic violence shelter or abuse hotline.