Extra > Poem – He hits her, and she stays

Posted on May 9, 2017
Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

A poem by Lina Charki about domestic abuse

He hits her, and she stays…

Because after all, he said that she did provoke him.

Because as a child she learned that divorce was wrong.

Because being in love meant being patient.

Because how could she possibly explain this to everyone?

Because she fails to admit that she has made another mistake.

He hits her, and she stays…

This poem was originally featured in Haringey Unchained, a collective of students aiming to showcase the creative talent of Haringey Sixth Form Centre in Tottenham. We think that through the promotion of our creative thoughts, we can educate our community, bringing to the foreground the critical and creative consciousness of a vibrant school in a deprived part of London.

We are endeavouring to provide this blog as a platform for our community, giving the space to those whose work otherwise might not be seen or read. Being that the cuffs are off, we are able to express through our photography, art, short fiction and poetry, what’s really on our minds. We are free.

Lina Charki

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