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Jan 2018
He staggered in eyes eerily lit,
       the corners of his mouth foaming spit
       his demons planned an overnight stay
She motioned to take the little ones away.
Hide them in their rooms, safe in their beds,
       we closed the doors, covered our heads
       as if blankets could mute the sound of his blows
Or we could silence her screams beneath our pillows.
I hugged the littlest ones close to my chest,
       till the beat of my heart lulled them to rest
       only then did I let myself cry
Only then did I allow myself to wonder why.
Why she didn’t fight back, didn’t defend
       didn’t confess to family of friend
       had his demons claimed her soul?
Or was this as well a woman’s role?
Written by
Azura Nissen  15/F/Im every where
(15/F/Im every where)   
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