He dips in and out of the flames,
Tempting the fires of fate.
He flies by many names.
And his sight engenders hate.
He feeds upon the spellbound,
Drawn to the lights of the fire.
Called by the name of hellhound
The fate of his passion is dire.
He’s there and gone in a flash,
With eyes and teeth that pierce.
You’d be better under the lash,
Than to tangle with one so fierce.
There, with you, by your choosing,
Bonded to you through his fear.
Just as you know that you’re losing,
He knows that you’ll draw him near.
He preys and eats in the night.
He sleeps in the shadows of day.
You’d be wise to embrace your fright,
For he understands your every way.
He’ll gorge himself with your blood,
As he satisfies his great lust.
His virtues come in a flood,
And the strongest of all is trust.
He hovers in watch, as your sleeping.
He knows where you are every hour.
His strength comes from your weeping.
Which he can summons with his Glower.
And I, as an ardent crusader,
Vested with virtue and vision.
Would gladly crush out this raider.
But You would treat Me with derision.
About the Poem
Anneliese has been the victim of domestic violence and of spouse abuse and I wrote this poem about that and about her. It is very difficult because people who are abused by those they love act so much differently than they should. Not very many people would let a stranger hit them and ignore it, or think they deserved it. But that happens and I just don’t get it.
Anneliese is interesting when it comes to her abuse. In a way she was not a victim And in a way she was. She is a strong woman and she stayed in the relationship not as many do, because they are to weak to leave, but so that she could see if the relationship could be saved, and when it was clear that he was an abuser, and got out. And it came at a great personal cost but she did not remain a victim.
While she was being abused she stayed with him even though he was a monster to her. The only reason he is not in prison is because she loves him. She hid the abuse from everyone because she loved him and wanted to see if the abuse was an isolated or if it would be real. She did nit want to just quit on someone she loved. But when she saw that it was real she made a decision and left him, even though she loved him in a way that I don’t think I have ever been loved. If Anneliese loved me the way she loved him we would be raising a family together.
When she abused she hid it from me and from everyone. She protected the abuser and saw me, the person who wanted the violence to stop, as someone who was interfering or out of line. But that was because she was to strong for one and secondly she didn’t want anyone telling her what to do or not to do. My offers of support were ignored and even unwelcome, until it went so far that she feared for her life. Then she left and it was only after that, that she saw things clearly.
I feel sorry for women who fall in love with abusers. Love is very powerful and abusers use that. I hate those assholes.
I choose the name Cerberus because it sounded dark and it had a dark history. Here is what Wikipedia said about it.
I will just say this, if you’re a man and you hit or hurt or dominate your wife, you are a pussy.
Cerberus (pron.: /ˈsɜrbərəs/), or Kerberos, (Greek form: Κέρβερος, [ˈkerberos]) in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed hound (usually three-headed) which guards the gates of the Underworld, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping.
Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon, a fire-breathing giant whom even the Greek gods feared. Its brother is Orthrus, always depicted as a two-headed hellhound. The common depiction of Cerberus in Greek mythology and art is as having three heads. …Each of Cerberus’ heads is said to have an appetite only for live meat and thus allow only the spirits of the dead to freely enter the underworld, but allow none to leave.
Domestic violence, also known as domestic abuse, spousal abuse, battering, family violence, and intimate partner violence (IPV), is defined as a pattern of abusive behaviors by one partner against another in an intimate relationship such as marriage, dating, family, or cohabitation