A separation like a pain so sharp I can’t see straight

How could I leave her there

I saw the bruises on her neck and the underside of her chin

As soon as I landed

& when I departed

I held her hair back

As she vomited shaking

& clung to me bawling

As her monster jeered

“You act like your whole family is dying

She’s just going back to America

Now stop it.”

What could I do?

She begged me not to hurt him

& I offered up a thousand solutions

Even a citizenship marriage

But she was too sick to see clearly

Now she writes to me:

Leah I’m so happy and so proud

You got out of your abusive relationship

I’m just so sorry I couldnt do it

Then she doesnt write anything

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