I see you.
I see the invisible pain you carry every day.
I see the fear that lingers in your eyes,
Never feeling safe.
I see how you’re easily startled
How you look for his face in every crowd
How you want to disappear completely
Never to be found.
I hear you.
I hear your silent screams
I hear your cries into a pillow at night
I hear the soundtrack in your head
Replaying every moment and every fight.
I hear you wonder if this was all your fault
If you deserve the things he did to you
The put-downs, the threats,
The temper tantrums he threw.
I know you.
I know your brokenness
I know the emptiness you feel
So heavy sometimes
You think it can’t possibly be real.
I know it’s hard to get up in the morning
But it’s even harder to fall asleep
I know it’s all you can do
Just to make it through the week.
I believe you
Even if nobody else does
I believe you with every bone in my body
You did not make this up.
I know that others may question
That they may not believe
But I hope you will tell your story
I hope you will speak.
You are stronger than you know
And you are beautiful right here and now
You had the strength to walk away
You had the courage to get out.
Now I may not know a lot
But believe me when I say
This was never your fault
And you are going to be okay.