Beaten and Broken.

Remember the old adage, ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’?

People do time if they beat their kids.

Social services jumps in on them.

Everyone is always on the lookout for bruises.

Tell-tale marks on skin and shin.

Don’t chastise your kid in public for that tantrum.

Don’t yell at them or chide them for swearing at you.

Bad parent! Bad parent! In the US of A.

……

Now if you are an adult woman.

Your man ‘disciplines’ you like it’s in your Holy Book.

Would you tell on him?

Or would you lie shamefaced in your own grief.

You have your own cross to bear.

Police services might not come by if you have no cause for complaint.

No one will watch out for you.

No one will scrutinize your body for the tell-tale signs.

When he bashes your teeth in, he’ll do it in private.

And he’ll call you a whore, a bitch and make you feel like shit, in the US of A.

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