The Woman Who Was

A slip of the lip
A harsh word or two
An innocent slap
An accidental bruise
A bloody nose
A blackened eye
A broken rib
An unheard cry
A terrified woman
Can’t get away
Invisible chains
Force her to stay
Promises made
“It won’t happen again”
She wants to believe him
In hopes that he’ll change
But change doesn’t happen
Cause change never does
And the woman who is
Is the woman who was

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