Sunglasses (Bruises on his Face)

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This is my take on a social problem that isn't really discussed that much. I am well aware that though times have change, women are still fighting for equality. But, I think sexism doesn't only neglect women, it also neglects men. One example of this is domestic violence against a men. Every 14.6 second a male is physically and/or verbally abused by his girlfriend/wife, yet just like half of this cases are reported because they feel ashamed. They feel ashamed because society makes them feel that way, and it's a serious issue. I hope you guys understand the severity of this problem. Hope you like this poem!

P.S. what's inside the quotation marks throughout the poems are things that the characters are saying, not necessarily my personal opinions. Just needed to make that clear to avoid any confusion, as it's a delicate topic.

Submitted: February 14, 2014

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Submitted: February 14, 2014

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He wears his sunglasses to every place,
to cover the bruises on his face.
They got into a fight again last night;
she taught him a lesson out of spite.

 

He goes to work and his co-workers ask,
but he puts on a deceiving mask.
“It’s nothin’, I got into a fight,
with some drunken guy at the bar last night.”  

 

Last month she gave him a black eye;
in the name of his reputation he tells a little white lie.
They’ve been married for twelve whole years,
and she’s the nightmare of his fears.

 

The neighbors know but they just laugh;
they do nothing on his behalf.
“A man that can’t control his wife,
can’t take charge of his own life.”

 

And sometimes he cries himself to sleep;
his feelings inside he cannot keep.
“I should have listened to my mother;
should’ve dump you and marry another.”

He should know the he is not alone;
her occasional tantrums he shouldn’t condone.
And just because mama raised him well,
he doesn’t have to go through that burning hell.

Funny how on his skin she can leave a scar
and they will laugh because it’s “bizarre”.

If she hits him he should be ashamed;
but if he hits her he’s the one to blame.

 

He wears his sunglasses to every place,
to cover the bruises on his face.
To her severe orders he just obeys,
hoping one day she’ll drop her evil ways.





 

 


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