A for Abuse

Abuse (noun) – Cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal.

They tell me, Hush. 
Speak slow. 
You don’t want them to know.

They say it gets better with time, 
But how does it get better? 
When it’s a constant battle,
Between my body and my mind.

They say it gets better because pain doesn’t last, 
But how does it get better? 
When each touch on my body is like a switch,
That triggers my nightmares from the past.

The ones who abuse, are one of us, 
Living in disguise of relationships such as,
Parents, children, friends, guardians, 
Siblings, teachers or strangers.

The ones who face abuse, are also one of us,
Living in silence because of relationships such as, 
Parents, children, friends, guardians, 
Siblings, teachers or strangers.

These are the potential perpetrators. 
I, You, Them. 
These are the potential victims. 
I, You, Them.

They say it gets better when you pour it all out, 
But how does it get better? 
When it is something that no one even talks about.

They say it gets better with compassion, 
But how does it get better? 
When they choose to look in the other direction.

They say it gets better when you start listening, 
But how does it get better? 
When they don’t talk about the scars lying beneath their skin.

They say it gets better when you learn to let go, 
But how does it get better? 
When it’s them who tell me to hush and speak slow.

There’s more to me than my inability to conform.
There’s more to me than my rage and storm. 
There’s more to me than my flesh, blood and my human form.

My eyes might not reflect what it saw that night.
My feelings might not reflect what battles I fight.
And my heart might not pour in what I write.

But one day, the sound of my silence will reach such high, 
That the story I lived, will not be the story of my children’s life.

 © अपूर्वा बोरा

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