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Or Else

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 9 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - October 2023
Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Unspoken, that's the way he likes it

do what you're told and keep your thoughts to yourself

Unspoken, not so easily forgotten

what happens when you put your needs in front of his-self

Unspoken, but the bruises don't lie

stick to the story, that you fell down the stairs

Unspoken, don't you ever ask why

he's got them all believing how much he really cares

Unspoken, your mama was right

that look in his eye, told her who he really was

Unspoken, just looking for a fight

the look you gave, was all he needed, for probable cause

Unspoken, the charm all ran out

love bombing made you think that you were his number one

Unspoken, he has filled you with doubt

no amount of sorry can undo what he's done

Unspoken, keep a tight upper lip

your stories have to match up, so that he can save face

Unspoken, you'd better get a grip

if you tell a soul, he'll put you back in your place

Unspoken, don't you dare cry

if you make him look bad, you know whose gonna pay

Unspoken, the ground is the place for your eyes

don't look at him or he'll deliver, coup de grace

Unspoken, not where you thought you'd be

when you fell in love, he wore a different face

Unspoken, you can beg and plea, please

it only makes him hit you where nobody can see

Unspoken, no one would ever believe

that's just what he sells you, so that you won't tell

Unspoken, be a good girl and wear your heart on your sleeve

if anyone suspects, he's gonna put you through hell

Unspoken, it's all in your head

everyone knows you're crazy, can't believe what you say

Unspoken, keep him happy and fed

it's just a little sprain, no need to get an xray

Unspoken, just give him your phone

there is no-one else you need to call, he's all that you need

Unspoken, you should feel all alone

nobody else could love you, you just need to concede

Unspoken, surrender your will

anyone who reached out, will all disappear

Unspoken, and you know the drill

remember what happened to that lady you met, down at the pier

Unspoken, sit with your hands in your lap

only speak when spoken to and laugh when he laughs

Unspoken, keep a neat, tidy house

be seen not heard and barely eat enough for a mouse

Unspoken, you have heard it before

don't make him repeat himself, or ask you for more

Unspoken, don't think too much of yourself

if not for him you'd still be single, up on some shelf

Unspoken, straight to your grave

no one gives a care; you are unworthy to save

Unspoken, you can't take anything back

a million women like you, falling through tiny cracks

Unspoken, with so much left to say

he stole your tongue and spirit, when he swept you away

Unspoken, till there is nothing left

he got up in your head, leaving your heart bereft

Unspoken, please stop holding your tongue

you're worthy of true love, and you are never alone

Unspoken, let him drown in his shame

love was meant for comfort not this cold, cruel game

PLEASE -Speak Up!!

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Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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Comments (19)

  • Maliha Arshad8 months ago


  • Phil Flannery8 months ago


  • Jay Kantor9 months ago

    Dear Mrs. 'k' ~ You have such a marvelous way of StoryTelling ~ I so relate. I can't imagine how you select all of your 'eclectic' topics? I'm so glad you liked 'The Sacred Vows' - I chose to write about it as a 'Goof' as to who was to 'Host' the Poker game; who knew anyone would pay attention to it? My Best. 'j'

  • Andrew C McDonald9 months ago

    This is quite powerful and, too often, a true scenario. Great job putting it out there in a heart felt piece. Fantastic job.

  • Colleen Millsteed 9 months ago

    This is a much needed piece of truth. Fantastically done Kelli and well deserving of top story.

  • Caroline Jane9 months ago

    Wow! What a poem! Goodness, well done. ❤

  • Lamar Wiggins9 months ago

    Powerful stuff, Kelli! For lack of a better comment...Domestic Violence can suck it!!! This was such a unique and eye-opening take on the challenge and congrats!!!

  • Rachel Deeming9 months ago

    I could feel my chest tightening as I read this. So powerful, Kelli. One of the best things I've read on here. I know that I will reread this already.

  • JBaz9 months ago

    Very well done, powerful and unique take on the challenge. Congratulations

  • The Dani Writer9 months ago

    This writing is like a perfectly orchestrated shockwave! You transmitted important messages in an ideal format. Well done you! Well done!

  • Cathy holmes9 months ago

    Wow. That was great. Love the message. Congrats on the TS.

  • Mark Graham9 months ago

    The story of all kinds of relationships. Great work.

  • Mariann Carroll9 months ago

    This was like my past story. So relatable. Thank you for creating this masterpiece.

  • This was so scary but the ending was so powerful! Fantastic!

  • Nice job ♥️✌️

  • Yes, please! Though a thousand dismiss your cries a million more need to hear those words until "Me, too," become the blessed shame of those of us who have remained silent or worse, have been the perpetrators of your pain. As I understand it, this is not something you have experienced first hand. That you care so deeply for others who do suffer in silence speaks volumes to who you are. Thank you for writing this & sharing it, my friend.

  • Julia Schulz9 months ago

    You are very talented! Good work!

  • Dana Crandell9 months ago

    A unique take on the challenge, and a great message. Well done, Kelli!

  • Alex H Mittelman 9 months ago

    Wow, fantastic piece! So much was left unspoken!

Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenWritten by Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

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