Charmed by
some smiling swine, his
true intentions hidden behind a
wall of white veneer.

Drawn in by his
attentions, affection, the
simple fact that he
pays attention.

She ignores what they have said
about his past;
a liar,
a glutton,
a man who speaks freely with
the back of his hand.

But things can’t really be
as bad as
they all say.
The dirtiest hands, even when scrubbed,
show evidence of their eccentricities;
his spotless palms must signal the chance
for redemption.

She believes she can fix him,
bring forth the man she knows he can be;
his apologies have to have some truth.
He says some lessons have to be
learned the hard way;
this isn’t one.

Let her know she deserves
so much better.


Remind her that
she is not alone, and
we will always care.

by Erik Shinker


If you, or someone you love, is a victim of domestic abuse, please reach out.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 


6 thoughts on “Protect(Her)

  1. This would make an excellent poster.

    I volunteered with the YWCA SafeChoice (domestic violence) program for many years. This is – as Liz Gautfreau said – a good reminder. We can’t ‘save’ others from bad relationships but we can certainly be there to provide support, a rational perspective and help when it’s wanted. Nicely done, you.

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  2. Beautiful. Would you be alright with me sharing this if I link it back to your page? I am a recent domestic violence survivor and I am begining to share my journey. I am beginning in this “blog universe” and any suggestions would be appreciated

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