Happy International Day For the Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Yes, I know what you are thinking. Lonely Author is not playing with a full deck.

Well, this Chimp may have misplaced a few of his picture cards, but there is a method to his madness. Please bear with me.

Yes, I realize this is nine months early (November 25th).

Friends asked why I ignored International Woman’s Day on March 8th. Honesty, these days fail to excite me.

For those of you who have followed me closely, you know where this is coming from.

Why do we need these days?

Here we are in the 21st century and women are still abused, underpaid, and unappreciated. And I’m not even talking about the atrocities against women or the exploitation of young girls happening in many countries around the world.

That is why I don’t get excited about these days. I don’t think they are helping. Not the way I wish they would.

I will leave you with this thought.

Shouldn’t everyday be International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?

Or better yet…

Shouldn’t we live in a world where we don’t need an International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women?

Be well butterflies.

 

Love and Abuse

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Sorry, no poetry today, but love remains the topic.

Several months ago, I wrote a poem entitled, “For So Long.” (Here is the link for anyone who missed it.)

https://thelonelyauthorblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/for-so-long/

It was about a good friend who always finds herself trapped in abusive relationships. When I wrote it, my best friend had an incident with her lover.

Weeks later, in December, she came to live with me after another episode. Against my advice, she eventually went running back to “love.”

Late last night she called needing a place to stay. She and her three dogs will be moving into an extra bedroom in my apartment later this month.

Again, I will tell her seasons change, people rarely do.

She probably won’t listen.

Every major relationship in my life, my closest female friends, Ex’s, and even my current wife, I was left picking up the pieces after violent relationships.

As a child, many nights I lay in bed listening to my father whipping my mother.

And I was too scared to do anything…..

Can someone please tell me why I am magnet for abused women? Why does domestic violence appear to always follow me?

And somone please tell me why in this day and age there is a month (October) and day designated to stopping violence against women?

SHOULDN’T THAT BE EVERY FREAKING DAY???

This Chimp asks you: when are we going to evolve?

Love and abuse.

Those two words should never appear in the same sentence, let alone the same home.