Surviving abuse

If breathing is surviving, I survived

If the heart beating is, I survived

If talking is, I survived

If smiling is, I survived

If laughing is, I survived

If feeling a knot in your chest each time somebody talks about any sort of abuse is survival, I survived

If seeing the man who hurt you makes the bile rise in your throat while pushing you into a shell is survival, I survived

If the tears in your eyes are a sign of survival, I survived

If fighting hard against how abuse changes you is survival, I survived

If speaking up about it to fight your own fight is survival, I survived.