A Life in Verse

 

Nobody knows

                the terror

                                of being

                                                furniture,

                  ignored but seeing

                                everything:

               every black eye,

               every muffled cry

behind closed

doors.

 

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.

 

 

 

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