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Prayers of an Emotionally Abused Woman by Cheryl Williams

I am not sure where I found this poem but it’s not mine. Cheryl, wherever you are, thank you for sharing your heart. May God comfort you. This is how so many emotionally abused women feel…


She prays for sweet freedom every day.

When he hurls stones,

she deflects them with silence.

When he soaks her in his poison,

she prays it will not seep into her soul…

for she knows she is better than this.

She gives until she is spent.

She loves until she is depleted.

She used to sing like an angel,

but her voice has been stilled.

She used to laugh with abandon,

but she is scared to feel joy,

for it is so very fleeting.

She cringes at the sound of his coming.

Tears fill her eyes,

for she knows that no matter how she tries,

she will not be good enough

or pretty enough

or smart enough

for the one who thinks he is perfect.

She puts up her invisible wall,

and he wonders why.

She cries rivers of tears,

and he steps over them,

afraid of getting his feet wet.

Sometimes she prays

for his demise,

and at the same time

prays for her soul,

lost in wicked imaginings.

Sometimes she prays

to disappear.

Finally, she would be free.



4 thoughts on “Prayers of an Emotionally Abused Woman by Cheryl Williams

  1. My heart is overwhelmed by the depth of thought of this poem, it’s sad that in certain cultures they are given the stature of goddess yet in reality the society in macro sense doesn’t truly appreciate women and their various sacrifices towards the society, thanks for sharing such a thought provoking post! According to your convenience please do read some of my writings would love to know what you think about them 😊


    1. It’s a sad poem, isn’t it? But it’s always touched me. I found it maybe 6-8 years ago. I visited your blog. You are quite gifted. The poems that I read touched me to the depths of my being. I will visit your site again. Keep writing.

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