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I COULD HAVE BEEN A HERO BUT I STAYED SILENT (Understanding the plight of others)

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  • I COULD HAVE BEEN A HERO BUT I STAYED SILENT (Understanding the plight of others)

    I heard crippling cries
    I shut my eyes
    There’s someone being thrown across the floor
    Pushed up against the wall
    I imagine

    It felt wrong,
    My heart skipped a beat
    I jumped to my feet
    But then did nothing
    But try to block out the din of this desperate song

    I heard real screams
    Worse noises than those in bad dreams
    I looked at my husband then turned away.
    I didn’t know what to say
    Hopeless

    It’s not right
    I think to myself such a disgrace
    A woman being thumped across the face
    Perpetually by her man
    As best as I can I ignore domestic violence on site.

    Another victim pays the price
    Cos we failed to reject gutless advice
    To not get involved
    We kid ourselves
    The problem will get solved

    Until the day the victim dies
    Or close to death the victim lies

    Then crocodile tears douse guilt-ridden shame
    As hypocrites we start to proclaim
    If only I weren’t so compliant
    I could have been a hero but I stayed silent

    I listened to the neighbors puppy yelp
    Little children’s voices crying for help
    Mummy trying hard to quiet them down
    While being pummeled to the ground
    I suspect

    The night sounds ugly
    I had real fears
    All is not what it appears
    I eye my phone on the bed
    Pursue no emergency call instead curl up snugly

    Another victim just paid the price
    Because we followed meaningless advice
    To play on forgiveness
    We said to ourselves
    It’s none of our business

    Until the victim died that day
    Or near to death the victim lay
    The perpetrator we were quick to blame
    Our culpable breath speaks less of our shame
    In not being defiant
    We could have been heroes but we just stayed silent
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