seeing stars on the way down
knocked flat, no warning
i wasn’t really hungry anyway.
by insidious, biting ridicule
that quietly erodes the ego necessary
contempt and scorn
are the daily bread of the dis-loved woman.
she can not complain
she has no one left to listen.
eventually she capitulates, at last believing
that abuse is what she deserves.
i have come to believe that
the abuser loves the challenge
of besting a woman who will fight for her power.
for i was not so much battered,
beware the charming man
(c) 2020 BGeiger