Abuse Poem

I wrote this poem during a rough time in my life. I was this cover girl, covering scratches, bruises, busted lips, and more. I had to realize that I was just disguising the marks not taking them away. I also learned no matter how proficient I became at hiding scars, some scars could never hide nor go away.

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Cover Girl

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Published: March 2013

You can cover it with make up, foundation caked on
But you can't cover the hurt, you can't hide the wrong

You disguise your eyes
all black and blue
But cover girl you can't cover
What that man has done to you

You can hide a scratch
You can cover up a mark
You can pretend he doesn't bite
You can pretend he doesn't bark

But some scars can't be made over
The ones that are already invisible to the eye
are the ones that will remain the longest
not wanting to say goodbye

Cover girl your work
would put a good makeup artist to shame
But you work your magic for protection
not fame

You want to hide the pain you feel
when you see the bite, the bruises, the marks
But girl that makeup
cannot cover what he's done to your heart

It's all tattered and torn
Your self worth all gone
second guessing yourself
thinking everything you do is wrong

You monitor your breaths
You count your steps
You even count the minutes
Wondering how much time is left

Before your foundation, your concealers, your blush, and your creams
Can no longer hide the punishment
and no longer remove the screams

Just remember some scars can't be made over
The ones that are already invisible to the eye
are the ones that will remain the longest
not wanting to say goodbye

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