It started as a papercut by Emma Sophia

October 17, 2019
It started as a papercut by Emma Sophia

It started as a paper cut,

It Didn’t really bleed,

An unmistakable sting,

But not really even red.


I didn’t think it was my fault,

We all can make mistakes,

So I did what I was told was right

And all his blame did take


But wounds kept happening to me,

More frequently and larger;

Soon I noticed gaping holes;

And covering them was harder


Almost too late I began to notice,

The wounds were so precise,

The depth and each location chosen

Carved by a surgeons knife


But this wasn’t healing pain

The agony, beyond deep

These were destructive mortally

And my soul began to weep


See, each time the surgeon promised

He was only doing what was best

But soon my life eviserated

Lay heaped upon my chest


I began to wake up, foggy brained

And see things as they were

And then realized with great horror

His diagnosis was a lure


I wasn’t gravely, tragically ill,

he was the one who was dying

He wanted my life to replace his

And I must die in his trying


The only cure was up to me

I had to leave his death

The poison he was infected with

Would rob my very last breath


The wounds are there in many places

I will always have these scars

But I am slowly healing the hurts

And hanging my own stars


Emma Sophia


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I am a survivor of domestic violence.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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