a glance in the mirror
can’t look too long
wondering where
it all went wrong

haunted eyes
show devastation
living her life
in isolation

blood and tears
well and fall
can’t bring herself
to make a call

no one can know
she’ll never tell
living the lie
that all is well

too many nights
enduring violence
surviving each day
no solace in silence

another apology
another bruise
another gamble
one day she’ll lose