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I Got Flowers Today

 (Dedicated to all Battered Women) 

I got flowers today!
 It wasn't my birthday or any other special day;
 We had our first argument last night;
 And he said a lot of cruel things that really hurt;
 I know that he is sorry and didn't mean to say the things he said;
 Because he sent me flowers today. 

I got flowers today!
 It wasn't our anniversary or any other special day;
 Last night he threw me into a wall and then started choking me;
 It seemed unreal, a nightmare, but you wake up from nightmares;
 And I woke up this morning sore and bruised all over-but I know he is sorry;
 Because he sent me flowers today. 

I got flowers today!
 And it wasn't Valentines Day or any other special day;
 Last night he beat me and threatened to kill me;
 Make-up and long sleeves didn't hide the cuts and bruises this time;
 I couldn't go to work today because I didn't want anyone to know - but I know
    he's sorry;
 Because he sent me flowers today. 

I got flowers today!
 And it wasn't Mother's Day or any other special day;
 Last night he beat me again, and it was worse than all of the other times;
 If I leave him, what will I do? How will I take care of the kids? What about
    money?
 I'm afraid of him, but I'm too scared and dependent to leave him! But he must
    be sorry;
 Because he sent me flowers today. 

I got flowers today.
 Today was a special day - it was the day of my funeral;
 Last night he killed me;
 If only I would have gathered the courage and strength to leave him;
 I could have received help from the Women's Shelter, but I didn't ask for
    their help;
 So I got flowers today-for the last time. 

- Copyright  1992, Paulette Kelly
  All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission. 

 
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