A Dedication To My Freedom

tracypoem.jpgI was a shell
Empty & alone
Where could I go?
Who could I tell?

It was easier to stay
To accept defeat
Everyone told me
That’s the way it should be.

They all looked away
They left me alone
They turned their heads
To my broken bones.

They told me, “Be strong”
For that was the plan
My only goal
Should be to please my man.

I did my best
I gave it my all
When asked “What happened?”
I said, “Oh, just a fall.”

Years went by
I learned to adapt
I learned how not
To make him mad.

I learned how to please
And Just what to say
I learned to make sure
He had a good day

Those looking on
Could not see?
Would not see?
The pain that was so deep inside of me.

Was it easier to just look away?

Distance and time
Closed for me
There was a hand that
Could be reached

A hand with a face
From the past
A hand that for only a
Short time would last.

I held on to that hand
with all of my might
I pulled myself up
I learned how to fight.

Four years have past
And now I see
Just how wonderful
My life really
should be.

Tracy Etheridge Sig

One Response to “A Dedication To My Freedom”

  1. Julie May 27, 2007 at 4:17 am #

    You are an amazing person and I’m proud to have you as a friend!

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