Do not believe

Do not believe them, my love.

Do not believe, when they say
they didn’t know.
They knew every time that you broke,
each time that you could not breathe,
they were aware of each hurt
and each pain you felt.

Do not believe them
that they didn’t see.
They saw every teardrop,
they observed every scar.
Each time you collapsed,
when you struggled, they saw.

Do not believe their excuses,
that they didn’t hear.
They heard all your silences,
they heard all your screams,
they heard when you sang as a prayer,
they heard when you begged.

Do not believe them, my love.

One day those lies will matter no more.

Alenka H., 2023

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