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he said I was nuts

so he slapped me 

back to sanity

and bullied me 

into submission.

cause I had to be


he said I was nuts

so he slapped me

back to sanity

and bullied me

into submission

cause I had to be


like an object that’s faulty

I needed to be hit in order to be fixed

because clearly I wasn’t considered

a human being. I had to be

rectified —

his words, not mine.

said I needed to be rectified–

his way, not mine.



he pushed me down chest flat,

compressed me with his weight

and shredded my innocence

I screamed out

but the music so loud

drowned my shouts

as I clung to the kitchen door

till he was done and was left

abandoned in a pool of

my own tears, sweat and blood. He left me

traumatized. Believe me when I tell you

I was traumatized.



he went about telling fabricated

tales of how I did this, said that,

stole this, whored myself out—

he called me several names

and said I was no good,

I was ungrateful,

that he had done me a favour 

by giving me the pleasure 

no one ever would.

if only they knew

that they were lies

if only they knew

I was being vilified.



he looked at me like 

a happy meal — I smiled 

knowing that facial expression

was about to expire.

I knew no mercy 

so I showed none when

the growing hatred in me

chose to break free, he died

from the shot of his own gun.

he had been neutralized.

I had him neutralized.



I sat and watched his body

grow cold. Seemed I didn’t need to

be slapped back into sanity —

this was sanity: freedom. life.

My life has been rectified

my words, not his

It had been rectified.

my way, not his.



Written and Performed: Viano Dee

Instrumental: Court and Page by Silent Partner

Mixed/Mastered: Semshak

About ‘Rectified’

Rectified is a dark rap infused spoken word poetry that talks about physical, sexual, emotional/verbal abuse. The piece is divided into five parts in which the first three verses touch on aspects of abuse. These parts focus on the actions of the abuser. On the other hand, the last two verses deal with the actions of the victim.

Abuse is rampant in today’s society and there are thousands of tales that have and will go unheard. Worse, is the boy child (males generally) whose stories are hardly ever heard. It’s almost like they don’t exist. We need to stop ignoring these issues. We need to understand anyone can be abused.

When such people have no where to turn to, they will take issues into their hands. Sometimes, they forgive and move on but for others, it’s one out of two ways: Suicide or Murder (sometimes, both). It shows how abuse can turn people into “monsters”.

#saynotoanyformofabuse #dontignoretheboychild #dontignorethemen #stopridiclingthevictims #speakfortheoppresed #helpthehelpless

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Viano Dee

Non-niche blogger. Poet. Songwriter. A hardcore romantic. Her write-ups could take any form: poetry, articles, and even songs in ways that'll inspire you, resonate with you, or tell a story while keeping you both informed and entertained.

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Good of you to draw our attention attention to the negative effects of abuse, with your poetry. Your words flowed nicely.

Reply to  Simi

Thank you.

Aleeza Denise

I could somehow feel how much pain and trauma the victim experienced through this piece. This is heartbreaking but at the same time you were able to portray perfectly the negative emotions of abuse in this composition. Thank you for speaking for the oppressed through your art.

Reply to  Aleeza Denise

Thank you so much.

Chei Pangan

I felt all the words you have written in your poetry. Thank you so much for sharing.

Reply to  Chei Pangan

Thank you for listening.

Pontificātus Prime

This was really intense and necessary. Really appreciated being able to feel this the way I did.


Thank you so much.

Reply to  Viano Dee

Oh yes. It does need to change. Enough of double standards.

Ramil Hinolan

You described it so vividly – about that woman been abused and cannot break free until you realized that you have enough of it and you corrected everything so you get free. I like the poetry side of it. It has been a childhood dream to write poems. but.. .

Reply to  Ramil Hinolan

I’m glad you get it. Thank you so much for listening.

Di Hickman

Wow this is so heartfelt. Your poetry is amazing. I admit this brought up some memories for me, things I am still working on so many years later.

Reply to  Di Hickman

Oh, I’m so sorry. I hope you heal completely.

Monidipa Dutta

This is really amazing, it touched me. It reminded me of my past, I know the feeling.

Reply to  Monidipa Dutta

I am so sorry. I hope you heal completely and let it go. The past needs to remain where it’s meant to be– the past.


This is a sad reality of the abuse and the ending is not really pretty most of the time.  Anyway, thank you for sharing your spoken poetry. I am a fan.

Reply to  Clarice

Thank you so much for your kind words, Clarice. Truly appreciate.

Chantal Gray

There was a lot of emotions that came up that was beautifully presented. I love the artistry with your words. Beauty in the darkness. Continue to shine your light!!!!🤗

Reply to  Chantal Gray

Thank you so much for your kind words, Chantal. I’m humbled.


Wow so many emotions to work out, I know so many that have lived through abuse both sexual and domestic violence, so this hits close to home for me. I am so empathetic to those going through this season of their life of recovering.


Wow this song is chilling, scary but I know things like this happen all the time.

Jerome Valint

This is sad and the truth especially now with lockdown and gender based violence

Karletta Marie

You are a powerful performer and your artistry reaches right inside dealing with issues that some find difficult to talk about. Your work makes a difference. Thank you.


I so admire your creativity and power and that you are able to express all this in these well-chosen words. Always a treat reading – and hearing – your work!

Kait | Slumber & Scones

Wow, this is so powerful and emotional. Thank you for sharing your words. 


So full of emotions and well written, thank you for sharing!

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