“Broken Wing”

by Annie Kaszina on February 2, 2009

Today I had the feeling that I must have been living on the moon for the last little while. 


Because I finally discovered Martina McBride’s “Broken Wing”. For anyone else who has been living on the moon, CLICK HERE to hear it. The lyrics left me absolutely speechless.

What a perfect way to sum up the reality of living in an abusive relationship: 

“She loved him like he was

The last man on Earth

Gave him everything she ever had

He'd break her spirit down
Then come lovin' up on her

Give a little then take it back

She'd tell him 'bout her dreams

He'd just shoot 'em down

Lord he loved to make her cry…” 

In just one short verse McBride encapsulates the life of every abused woman and the behaviour of every abusive man. 

Sure, the video is a little sanitized; the big house, the glossy lifestyle (down to the ‘designer lettuce’), the violence just implied. But anyone who has been there can easily flesh out that outline!    So why is it so important to me right now? 
Because of my own healing journey. Yes, that is exactly the way it was, although I could never have conveyed the essence so powerfully and economically. Like the women I work with, I’ve had to work through the various stopping places along that journey.
CLICK HERE to read about the stages along that journey.

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