Apr 04, 2013 - Issue 511

 BlackCommentator.com: To the Survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse - Dreams & Nightmares - By Margaret Rose Dominado - BC Guest Commentator


Silent tears

Stifled sobs

Eyes tightly shut

Refusing to see

and remember

what the night looks like

A hand covering the mouth

The scream unheard

The body folded like fetus

Until the break of dawn


She has to wake up and rise

To begin her day

No matter what

Water running down her body

She needs to wash away last night’s pain

That left no visible cuts and fractured bones

Except the broken pieces inside of her

No bruises, no blood

just an ugly scar in her soul

and the crushed spirit

from angry words and lost hopes


To make it through the night

She dreamed of childhood joys

and her father’s strength

and her mother’s patience

She clings to the memories

Of her grandmother’s song

And her grandfather’s wisdom

She let them stay as long as they can

So she would not lose her mind

And the memories


She goes to work and smiles sweetly

Hides the pain of broken-ness

Nobody knew what she goes through

When nights have cruel shadows

And creeping demons


They call her pretty and smart

She smiles and say thank you

The ugliness of the night forgotten

Until it is time to go to bed


(All Rights Reserved Pitsik Dominado March 30, 2013)

BlackCommentator.com Guest Commentator, Margaret Rose Dominado is a nurse from the Philippines with three decades of professional experience in public health and nursing education. Earned her Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree from the University of Phoenix with a membership to the Honor Society of Nursing-Sigma Theta Tau International. Actively involved with Katarungan - International Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in the Philippines based in Washington, D.C. Click here to contact Ms. Dominado.