she sighed in pleasure, unshackled, unbound;
life awaited, for post misery; joy she had found.
She held her baby close, her heart aflutter
eyes closed, finally making sense of the clutter.
Free of abuse, rid of the sham of a marriage,
she stood up; erect, proud in carriage.
Yes! she had triumphed, had won this round.
She embraced, this new freedom found.
Life awaited for her & her baby in the womb;
A gay laugh escaped, helped her shed all her gloom.
Let the adventure begin, she said in a tone mild
I swear to protect you, she promised her child.
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