Kicking off the series, we feature Sue of soulfulmiss.co.za, a good friend of mine. The featuring piece, Scars, with the double purpose of being the first in this series and being a dedication to the 16 days against gender based violence movement just felt right. Enjoy the read.
Friends and Words Series 1 – Scars
Every time you open your mouth,
a nail to my cross you strike.
Every word you utter,
like a hammer it drives it in.
Every name you call me,
strips me naked.
In the name of this stupid emotion I stay
Fearing prejudice and discrimination
What would they think of me?
Evolved into this new me
The once liberal and free spirit
Now lives for approval
Constantly being told I am not good enough
and every other thing I do wrong
Manipulated into thinking I am nothing!
Should have left when the red flags first came up.
This reflection staring at me in the mirror,
I do not recognise.
Conditioned to accept what is wrong
A soul bearing invisible scars.
The scars I bear – dead man walking