Screams shatter the air;

leaving no features to recognise

a woman swollen and bloody.

Using his fists he expresses anger.

When she is all punched out;

he applies love onto her bruises.

Until one day;

anger outweighs love and no longer heals

the wounds inflicted.

Fighting for survival;

she crushes with bare  hands until there is no breath.

Gathering her existence;

she runs on the legs

once paralysed by the relationship.

Cleopatra Chipo Kuuya © 2000