#16

 

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I get undressed in front of the man that I'm dating

And he asks about the fist-sized bruise on my thigh

I say it's called 'I have a history of violence'

I say it's called 'I have a history of silence'

I say it's called 'Internalised rage'

I say it's called 'My body often feels like a cage'

I say it's called 'Here is the mark of my anger'

I say it's called 'Here is a sign of despair'

I say it's called 'I may never be healed'

I say it's called 'Please don't judge me today'