Fear Doesn’t Stay

by Ashley Hoffman

Walking on eggshells.
Afraid to stand - afraid to say.
Gun waving around.
Don’t smile.
Obey.
No family. No friends.
Isolate. 
Take your keys away.
No escape.
The Word of Life,
Gathering dust each day.
Pick it up - read.
And secretly pray.
A shelter of safety-
Brings a new day.
A voice of hope.
A light ray.
Strength arose.
The screams fade.
Fear doesn't stay.
Love wins this game.

Ashley Hoffman is a conqueror, wife, mother, and writer. Her snippets come from the ashes of darkness and abuse. Love and freedom have allowed this part of her story to blossom into ink on pages.

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