They say women aren’t stronger than men,
but I never believed it.
Women suffer every day.
There are constant pains men can’t even comprehend.
That we never see because women endure.
Women bite their lips,
hold their tongues,
close their eyes and deny the tears even a wipe.
Take a breath and go right back on with their day.
And we never see it.
We never know because women don’t show it.
The cracks in their hearts,
the scratches on their skin,
bumps and bruises,
the bubbles that burst within.
They suffer day upon day. Heart ache.
They survive year after year. Heart break.
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