Once he was mean to me
Hurting me not with hand
But with a bladed tongue
Cutting I could not stand
He was my enemy

He was my enemy
‘Til I accepted him
Offered forgiveness free
Pain now a mem’ry dim
We walk in unity

Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Please note that I do not condone anyone remaining in an abusive relationship, and verbal abuse is just as harmful as sexual or physical abuse. The only difference is that the marks it leaves are on the inside, where no one can see.

In my case, when I stopped seeing him as the enemy and started seeing him as a man who himself had unruly emotions he did not know how to handle (due to changing circumstances he could not control), he became receptive to my empathy and our relationship improved. It’s not always that easy. I know that, and I count my blessings. Even my story is not that cut and dried in reality. My poetry is a rippled reflection of life, not an autobiography.

Pirouette — a 10-line poem (decastich) with a turning point halfway through
Syllabic structure: 6 syllables in every line
Lines 5 and 6 are the same; line 6 is the pivotal point of the poem.
Rhyme is optional.
This one has a rhyme scheme: abxba acxca


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