Day 12 of 16: I Got Flowers Today Poem

I Got Flowers Today by Paulette Kelly
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I Got Flowers Today by Paulette Kelly

I got flowers today. 
It wasn't my birthday or any other special day. 
We had our first argument last night. 
He said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me. 
I know he was sorry and didn't mean the things he said. 
Because I got flowers today.
I got flowers today. 
It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day. 
Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me. 
It seemed like a nightmare. 
I couldn't believe it was real. 
I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over. 
I know he must be sorry 
Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. 
It wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day. 
Last night, he beat me up again. 
And it was much worse than all other times. 
If I leave him, what will I do? 
How will I take care of my kids? 
What about money? 
I' m afraid of him and scared to leave. 
But I know he must be sorry 
Because he sent me flowers today.
I got flowers today. 
Today was a very special day. 
It was the day of my funeral. 
Last night he finally killed me. 
He beat me to death.
If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him, I would not have gotten flowers today.

This poem is dedicated to all the victims and survivors of Domestic Violence.

You ask, why didn’t she leave?

I ask, why did he hit?

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