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Domestic Violence

There is a ribbon
That so eloquently draped her gravesite
She was a victim of violence-

This woman full of life
Taken so abruptly
Worn down, beaten down
A victim of society-

She was no crack head-no prostitute
She was no mule
She was a victim of society!

Pregnant at seventeen
Ex-communicated at eighteen
From the only family she knew
She was a victim of society-

A year from graduation
Thrust into marriage of circumstance
A man of the street-with decades of hate-

No mannerism to speak of
          His woman a possession
                           Not a queen
She was a victim of society-

His anger manifested in her pain
That resonated with abuse
With no help in sight
She was a victim of society-

Where is the help-she asked?
She prayed for relief
Is this society answers to my pain?
Is it left on my doorsteps?

Doorsteps of depth ears
She was a victim of society-

So here she lies-in this cold grave
A victim of society
A victim of aggression
A victim of Domestic Violence
And no answer
          To her plea
                    She was a victim of society!

Written by
           Gregory E Upshaw

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