Day 16: My 30 Day Poetry Journey


Day 16- I will respond to the poem I posted on Day 15 with another random poem.

This is a good poem to keep in mind for anyone you might even "think" is suffering from domestic violence!


I Got Flowers Today- Paulette Kelly
(Dedicated to Battered Women)


I got flowers today!
It wasn't my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night;
And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt;
I know that he is sorry and didn’t mean to say the things he said;
Because he sent me flowers today.


I got flowers today.
It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day.
Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me.
It seemed like a nightmare.
I couldn't believe that it was real.
I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today. 


I got flowers today!
It wasn’t our anniversary or any other special day;
Last night he threw me into a wall and then started choking me;
It seemed unreal, a nightmare, but you wake up from nightmares;
And I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over—but I know he is sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.


I got flowers today!
And it wasn’t Valentines Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me;
Make-up and long sleeves didn’t hide the cuts and bruises this time;
I couldn’t go to work today because I didn’t want anyone to know—but I know he’s sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.


I got flowers today!
And it wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day;
Last night he beat me again, and it was worse than all of the other times;
If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of the kids? What about money?
I’m afraid of him, but I’m too scared and dependent to leave him! But he must be sorry;
Because he sent me flowers today.


I got flowers today….
Today was a special day—it was the day of my funeral;
Last night he killed me;
If only I would have gathered the courage and strength to leave him;
I could have received help from the Women’s Shelter, but I didn’t ask for their help;
So I got flowers today—for the last time.

2 Thoughts:

Funom Theophilus Makama said...

beautiful... Really very beautiful. I wish I can do this... Writing poems at will. DOmestic violence is a jungle attitude, but the natural meekness of a woman is what most Men take advantage of, that's why it seems all the awareness campaign seem not to be really that effective. Nonetheless, it shouldn't stop and this beautiful poem is just what you've done. My 'a'GC! This is really nice.

phoeddy said...

hmmmm! Sad nice

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