Love Shouldn’t Hurt…

I’m a survivor.  I wrote this in 2016 but haven’t publicly shared.  My former husband died earlier this year.  I still feel the pain after almost three decades.  Less now but my body has memories.

This Cycle of Abuse

hold me, she pleads
he retreats, 
pushing her away
beginning a cycle of abuse

I’m sorry, he pleads
her fear retreats, 
believing him, 
continuing a cycle of abuse

listen to me, she pleads
pummeling her back, he retreats
will it end, the cycle of abuse

I’m sorry, he pleads – sanity retreats in abuse

©jone rush macculloch, 2016


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3 Responses to October 19: #PURPLETHURSDAY

  1. Janet F. says:

    Oh Jone…..at least you got away. Hate, abuse, anger so horrible. I am sorry you suffered. There was no journal in Cabin 10 at Highlights, so I could not see who’d been there before. I thought of you because I was so happy you were there before me in maybe Cabin 18 last time. It was a terrific workshop and time.

  2. amyludwigvanderwater says:

    I am so sorry, Jone. You are brave and wise and kind for sharing with others who need these words. Much love. x

  3. morencyclr@aol.com says:

    Such an amazing sharing of deep experience. Thank you for being willing to be open.


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