At the thought of all the women
Who know what I’ve been through
And those who continue to live it.
At the notion that so many men
Could commit such heinous acts
Toward women they were supposed to love
And promised to protect.
At the idea of women
Being stripped of their identities
And made to feel worthless
Beaten, bruised, and worse…
Because their pain is mine.
I know the ache in the depths of their souls.