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Silence Hides Violence (Creativity Competition Winner) | I Got Red Roses Today

I Got Red Roses Today

I got red roses today
It wasn’t our anniversary
Brick-hard fists pounded me
Blood splattered, yet thirstily he hounded me
Face swelled, teeth cracked
Mercy and leniency he lacked
Smiles crossed his face
That grace couldn’t replace
But I know he’s sorry because he sent me red roses today

I got red roses today
It wasn’t my birthday
He flung me effortlessly across the room
And I thought, this is the end, this is my doom
My feathery body that once swayed thumped hard against the door
I heard it splinter into a million pieces on the floor
Screaming with soreness, battered with scars
I woke up coughing, as he watched from afar
But I know he’s sorry because he sent me red roses today

I got red roses today
It wasn’t Valentine’s Day
He soaked my face with inconceivable words to provoke me
Pinned me to the wall, his hands quivering to choke me
When my lungs couldn’t inflate
I thought, finally checkmate
But he re-started his violent game
And my screams silent like he tamed
But I know he’s sorry because he sent me red roses today

I got red roses today
Today, is my funeral
As I lie in the dark, where he can’t touch my lifeless body
The affliction, the violence, I am able to disembody
If only I had injected myself with potency
Overdosed and fought his brutal spree
I would have returned the roses he sent
As he has always been the raging red, the fiery red that caused torment
It is now, that I realize he isn’t sorry because he sent the last red roses too late.

The public opinion and reaction to all 5 entries will heavily influence the winning creative piece and the two runner ups which will all be announced on Monday 14th of March 2011 during Nour Domestic Violence Week, so be sure to get your comments, likes and tweets in before then.


  • Seeker of Peace


    The poem is written so beautifully even though it’s about ugly events.

    May Allah give strength and courage to all victims of domestic violence to stand up for themselves and seek help to set them free from their injustice inshaAllah..and may Allah give us all the tawfeeq to help those who are suffering and to lend them an ear to listen to their troubles, and be some sort of help to them and to keep them in our du’ahs inshaAllah.

    For Allah surely will give ease after hardship inshaAllah.

    March 1, 2011 - at 10:00 pm
  • alz

    Absolutely beautiful n very emotive written in such a literary style the writer creates such a powerful voice with the figurative language paints a picture as though we are in the shoes of the victim with the use of emphasis and repetition and the amazing use of a pun this is surely an amazing piece mashallah

    March 2, 2011 - at 6:45 am
  • alz

    when i mentioned the use of pun i meant the ambiguity but now i think about it maybe it wasn’t an acurate use however this is the clear WINNNERRRR PLZ PLZ PLZ THEY HAVE TO WIN

    March 2, 2011 - at 7:00 am
  • Iceman

    Brutally graphic and unrelenting in its honesty… an amazing piece

    March 2, 2011 - at 7:19 am
  • Reem Shawkat

    This is a winner. The poet managed to convey tiny details of this abusive relationships in a simple way. I like the reference to red roses, most abusive partners are always apologetic after their “brutal spree”

    March 2, 2011 - at 11:01 am
  • Amanda

    Ironically beautiful… This poet has a very unique way with words. The words come at you like a rough splinter- piercing your heart, but yet, they maintain a certain beauty that beckons you to return. The words are like the orchestrated background music of a horrific scene of domestic abuse. The sound of the words, the rhythm, the abrupt endings, and crescendos- all serve to intensify the message of the poem.

    March 2, 2011 - at 2:49 pm
  • Ameenah

    Incredibly graphic as if we could almost see it, feel it… and the red roses, just like the soft words, the “I’m sorry”s, the promises that it will never happen again, that so many times follow these brutal scenes… and we believe, and keep on forgiving until the day that forgiveness and life are no more and regret, if there is any, will be eternal.
    Very good

    March 2, 2011 - at 3:39 pm
  • Muneera Pilgrim

    Wow simply stunning. There is something dark and disturbing yet deeply dignified about this piece and the character in the piece. The world needs more women like you. Thank you for your contribution to the world.

    March 3, 2011 - at 3:45 pm
  • Mangowithice

    Rock on sista.

    March 3, 2011 - at 3:46 pm

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