Stop Domestic Violence

Two days ago, I posted about flowers.  I love flowers. Once I wish that the man I loved will send me one on my birthday.  Flowers is enough and better than any diamonds for me.  Wish was wish. Never I got any flowers.

Today, I read this article on an Indonesian woman magazine –Femina, about a woman that fight the domestic abuse.  She quote a poet wrote by Paullette Kelly titled I Got Flowers Today.  I am touched by the poem.  Here I share it with you.  

I got flowers today.
It wasn’t my birthday or any other special day.
We had our first argument last night,
And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt me.
I know he is sorry and didn’t mean the things he said.
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today.
It wasn’t our anniversary any other special day.
Last night, he threw me into a wall and started to choke me.
It seemed like a nightmare.
I couldn’t believe it was real.
I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over.
I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today,
and it wasn’t Mother’s Day or any other special day.
Last night, he beat me up again.
And it was much worse than all the other times.
If I leave him, what will I do?
How will I take care of my kids?
What about money?
I’m afraid of him and scared to leave.
But I know he must be sorry.
Because he sent me flowers today.

I got flowers today.
Today was a very special day.
It was the day of my funeral.
Last night, he finally killed me.
He beat me to death.
If only I had gathered enough courage and strength to leave him,
I would not have gotten flowers…today.
  

For some people, flowers is a reflection of apologize but yet not change the behavior.  Wish I wont get any flower of the reason.

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