The ultimate betrayal (Poem)


Poems about betrayal


The ultimate  betrayal

How will I ever slay this beast,

If those who should plea my cause,

Keeps severing my peace,

It's all her fault,

It's what she wanted,

Don't believe anything she says,

It's all a lie,

How will I ever slay this beast,

When my perpetrator's ego,

Is of more value than my peace,

They've turned their ears from hearing from my truth,

They've hated me instead,

I'm the perpetrator, they're the victim,

Just a dose of my truth is too loud for their ears,

It’s too bitter for them to digest,

It’s not welcomed in their space,

Yet, all these years I’ve kept it bottled within me,

All the pain, guilt, and shame!

Night and day, I’ve wrestled with this beast,

But I’ve never found the strength that,

Could set me free,

From the fear that they wouldn’t believe me,

Yet still, I thought, that with their help,

 We could slay this beast,

I’ve heard the truth makes you free,

But they showed me no mercy,

For my truth is too provocative for their consciences,

Too candid for their ears,

They’d rather I had remained silent, dead with the beast!

But it isn’t the beast that hurts anymore,

It's the betrayal of those who are offended,

Whenever I speak my truth,

For it doesn’t soothe their ego,

And they say, I’m the cause of my pain,

Tell them,

The beast is dead it’s their betrayal,

That remains.

I wrote this poem after following a news headline, where a minor was molested by a prominent figure of society. A statement was made to the police and the perpetrator was taken in for questioning. Not long after the child wanted to retract her statement, she told the officers that it was all a lie. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the perpetrator, his wife, and the child’s mother had forced the child to withdraw her statement. There are so many of us who can relate to similar stories of this cruel nature. Victim blaming and shaming are everywhere. It’s an ultimate act of betrayal. How is it that a mother would rather protect the reputation of the perpetrator over her own daughter? Like this child, we all have truths that are too candid for the masses. Too bitter for them to digest. Too provocative for their consciences. It’s easy for them to say, I believe nothing that you’re saying. It’s easy for them to make you the perpetrator. It’s easy for them to say, that it was all your fault. It’s easy for them to call your truth a lie because they would rather you had remained silent to caress their egos, and those they have high regard for. But what about you? What about your feelings? What about your tears? What about your pain? What about everything that you’ve lost? What about your broken pieces, that are just too broken to make you whole again? I too have my truths that aren’t pleasing to hear. It isn’t easy to live in fear of, no one will ever believe me if I dare speak this truth. I call it a beast for it’s a monster that you wrestle with every day. It’s a battle between your truth and their disbelief. It’s one of those fights that require every ounce of strength that’s within you. But the truth is, sometimes it isn’t the pain of what had happened that hurts so much. It’s the fact that those who should have pleaded your cause would want your truth to remain unspoken. They will stare right in your eyes and say that you’re lying. They’ll tell you to shut the hell up and never repeat those words again! For someone else’s reputation is of more worth than the pain they’ve inflicted on you. Knowing that those who should have protected you couldn’t care less about your pain is the ultimate betrayal.

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