(Last [edit:Saturday] I saw the documentary Private Violence directed by Cynthia Hill and with a Q&A afterwards that the film’s director, a domestic abuse advocate and one of the subjects of the film, Deanna Walters, participated in. Ms. Walter’s courage was very inspiring, despite the film’s overall tone of frustration at a legal system and a society that does not know how to properly aid and respect people in abusive relationships. This poem refers to Ms. Walters.)

She’s the silent one—doesn’t
Use the microphone except to
Receive others’ praise with grace,
Voice soft even though we have
Involved ourselves in her story of
Violence and know she has bravely
Overcome another’s best attempts to
Remove her life before it could move us.

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