by Jessica Boyce

It would a simple thing,
to take the pain away,
to end the battle of my mind,
And yet I choose to stay.
My mind, so quick to anger,
and pain cuts to the bone,
yet I force myself onward,
For I am not alone.
One soul, he is my other half,
would be broken and bereft,
and children that are precious,
would not know why I left.
I am proud of my survival.
It is my saving glory.
The beasts that smeared and stained me,
They will not write my story.
I will continue fighting,
I’ll keep the demons at bay.
Yes, to end this would be a simple thing.
Yet still, I choose to stay…

Jessica Boyce is a mother of six in Vermont. Her family is fundraising to build a home that better suits the needs of her child, Jeremiah, who was born with a rare chromosomal anomaly. Read more about her family here, and find more of her writing at The Warren.


why i stay

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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