A Life in Verse


Nobody knows

                the terror

                                of being


                  ignored but seeing


               every black eye,

               every muffled cry

behind closed



Anke knows.

Anke is furniture

in her own home,

not loved enough

to be beaten

and berated

and abused

like her sister,

like her brother.


Read Because I Am Furniture

                by Thalia Chaltas

                                to hear the story

                                                of one girl,

                                                just one girl,

                                who tries to find

                                the courage

                to save her family,

to save herself.