Bruises

by Tirzah Shams

She keeps her head down low
Suppressing the thoughts that race her mind
Don’t think of what happened at home
Those bruises on your skin should be left behind

Her eye is black because she tripped
She wasn’t punched there twice
She limps to her school like she does
Once a week, sometimes thrice

At school she is bullied
Because she’s a nerd, that’s all
And at home she is abused
How her mothers death is all her fault

“Dad stop”,she cries each time
Her skin is cut open by the whip
He says you’re disgusting, you’re an idiot
Just seeing your face makes me sick

But this is her life
She goes through each day
But now she’s all drained
As she faces hatred each way

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