Art for Awareness and Change

Candlelight Vigil and Art Exhibit in Recognition of Domestic Violence Survivors 

October 5, 2011 - @ The Columbia Art Center


What an amazing experience, ambience and energy!!! Stories of triumph and resilience. It was truly and honor to have been a part of such a remarkable event. A very special thank you to Linnet Caban and everyone one who contributed to/participated in the event! Thank you for all of the positive feedback and support. By request and due to an outstanding response, please see one of the poems I performed below. Let us continue to do God's work and stand for those who may not be able to stand for themselves.


With Love..





I stayed... because I 
Didn't want my children
To be without their father
So I... stayed


I stayed,  because he told me
He loved me, because, he was

The only man, that ever loved me

And I... stayed,

Because he said he would take care of me 
Because, I was too afraid to leave
Afraid to be... alone... 


I thought I deserved it, I felt..
Undesired and helpless
So, I... stayed

I stayed because, black eyes and 
Purple lips... can be concealed


I! Stayed!

Because if I left he would find me

And beat me worst
So I...  stayed...


No I, stayed because

I needed to understand him better,

And this, this was all just, a misunderstanding...

Because..he said, he was sorry...

And I stayed... because, it would hurt

More to walk away...

Because..everything was in his name,

Because... my father was the same way???


So I, stayed... 

And the day that I didn't wake...

I was still to blame...

The children, the children, they,  were so 
beautiful, at the funeral
Long ponytails and plaid skirts 
There I stood, over the dry  hollowness

Of my body wondering, why, I... stayed 




Akinfe Fatou © 2011



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