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