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Mirror mirror on the wall

Facing the mirror hanging on the wall
tried to admire own beauty
but every time I had a glance
I just saw cuts and bruises

I hurriedly applied the beauty enhancers
to hide those scars and scratches
instead i looked more horrible...

Covered my face with the scarf
but the pain was so deep and severe
Alas, I do remember the day
when u stabbed me so harsh..

I tried to escape but u chained
rugged my clothes and coerced against me
i struggled hard but turned numb and pale
in the pool of blood resembling a hell

Downstairs into the ball, I gazed to the crowd
lavished in the silk and glowing in the light
i slowly moved forward
hiding from the crowd...

A gentle touch, what i felt
" There you are, my lady love
You look bea-u-ti-ful tonight"

I replied with a gentle smile.


Abisinuola's picture


Beautiful piece...for women who have faced some form of violence in their lives from their spouses.


Phionah Musumba's picture

Strength of a Woman

I personally believe that however bad bullies torment and mark the beauty without, the beauty within a woman will always glow. The bitter pill that these same bullies need to swallow is that when all is said and done, the tiniest woman will forever be stronger than them!

Phionah Musumba
Founder/Executive Director
Malkia Foundation &
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
P.O Box 9461 - 00300,
Nairobi, Kenya
Facebook: Phionah Musumba
Twitter: @KenyaGals
LinkedIn: Phionah Musumba
Skype: phionah.anguzuzu.musumba

amira7521's picture

sad reality

It is sad. But many women face this abuse at varying degrees.
And the sad part is that many victims actually feel it was somehow their fault. that the abuse was deserved for whatever reason. and many a times we just cover it up. we don't talk out and we put a smile on our depressed face, we put makeup on the cuts and bruises. And with time the bruises fade away. What is worse is that, the hurt that is incurred to the heart does not fade away.

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