Dim lights Scented candles
A 3 course meal, carefully laid out on a table for two
Him smiling,wearing a turtle neck sweater,clean shaven,sweet smelling perfume.
He pulls out my chair,he helps unfold my napkin
He pours my wine,we share a toast, he kisses my lips
We share the meal
We steal kisses
Dinner is over He motions for me to relax,while he clears the table
He joins me in the living room,with 2 glasses of wine
We snuggle,we cuddle,he leads me upstairs.
He undresses me He lays me on the bed He kisses me softly He breathes on me……….
Suddenly I begin to choke,
There is a distant pounding,
I begin to cough
I hear an almost familiar yell, I close my eyes tight
Finally I open my eyes I am back in my closet
My tears have returned
My fear is here
My fear is real
The smell of his cigarette trying to smoke me out like a rat
The sound of his bat on my closet door
The pain in my rib cage
The dry blood on my lip
The gash on my forehead
The bruises on my wrist
This is my reality
My closet door swings open Suddenly……..
I shut my eyes real tight
I return back to my fantasy Where I am safe
Safe from pain
Safe from the world outside my closet
Safe from my abusive reality.
Written By Arome Ameh-(The Priest)