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

16 thoughts on “Leaving Ugly

      1. I think you are right about writing making it easier! I think time helps a bit too. I know I had very bad feelings about my Stepmother when I was a kid/teenager but looking back now I can see myself then a little clearer and have softened my view to the point where I know I probably deserved the responses I got!!

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