Leaving Ugly

three layers of pain…
the abuse
her denial of the cruelty
society’s expectation of forgiveness

three levels of invalidation
a child struggling
thru the experiences
trying to rise to adulthood

an adult suffering
deep-held self-loathing
destructive behavior
more to overcome

a lifetime to heal
raw old wounds
blood let a minimum
sutured just so

never feeling
quite whole
it’s hard leaving
the ugly inside

Susi Bocks has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. Currently, she is an Associate Editor at the virtual coffee shop – Fictional Café. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyHumanityInWrittenForm/, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks had some of her work previously published at Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.


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2 thoughts on “Leaving Ugly

  1. Thanks for sharing, Luna! 🙂

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