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Domestic Violence – The Final Act

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Entering the room she wore a minatory look.
What was about to occur was as clear as words in a book.
She had endured this abuse for a number of years
Now driven to this and there would be no more tears.

How could things change in such a drastic way?
What was the final act which led to this day?
Question after question plagued her mind;
Forgive and hide were acts within she could no longer find.

Her body now numb from years of punches and slaps-
No tears no words; thinking only of survival perhaps.
With a deadly piece of cold blue steel clinched tightly in hand
She’s determined to end this and carry out her plan.

In a rage he approaches her as he has done countless times before.
This is it, the final time; he will do this no more.
His hand is raised and clinched into a fist,
Then a deafening bang; time seems to stop; now a homicide exists.

She has ended the years of physical abuse but certainly at a cost,
For this killing would forever in her mind be embossed.
Could it have been avoided before reaching this conclusion?
Maybe, but thinking it would resolve on its own was just an illusion.

© Kent Fletcher
April 24, 2012




Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept.  He served with that department for 301/2 years.  He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College.  Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby.  He can be reached at hkfletcher@nc.rr.com

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