“I started this piece as an article.
After the first sentence, all of that changed.
I pray that this connects with you
and empowers you to pay attention,
to check in, and if need be,
step in the gap for the ones you love.”
~ Coach Livi
Domestic Violence: From the Outside Looking In.
Helplessness, anger, guilt, and shame.
Never knowing when it will happen again.
Unaware of where it all went wrong, I’m trapped inside the cycle of violence.
Immersed inside a vacuum of fear and silence.
Victimized by circumstances and traumatized by the brutality,
I am forced to witness the consequences of my sister’s reality.
How could I miss the signs, they were always there.
I failed to see them, I wasn’t aware
That my sister was in danger.
She should have been spared
The pain, the anger, and the devastating loss
Of a child that I would never hear talk
Never see smile and never hold close.
I wish I was there when they needed me most.
No matter how hard I try, I can never go back
And stand between my sister and the heartless attack
That destroyed the frame and broke the glass
On the picture she painted of a love that would last.
As I sit among the shattered pieces
Drowning in tears and helpless dispair
I wonder how to let go and release
The guilt of not taking the time to care.