Rita is scared

Rita has replied to all those who advised her when her husband ordered her to pack and leave the house. This is her letter.

Dear loving friends,
I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your love and concern. Your advice comforted me and gave me strength to live on. I was on the verge of despair.
When my husband ordered me to pack and leave the house, I did not know what was behind it. He had pretended to be such a good and loving husband. I did not know he was such a hypocrite.

When he returned from work that day, I was there waiting for him. Hardly did I know he had planned the worst for me. Our discussion erupted into a serious quarrel; then turned into a fight. He got a cutlass to butcher me. By some miracle, I managed to overpower him and to escape. I am now away, feeling safe.

I have got what’s behind all this. He met a girl and they planned to marry. What I can’t understand is just yesterday I got a letter fom him asking me to return to the house saying he does not know what came over him. I am scared because he actually attempted to butcher me.

I am at a loss what to do

Again, thank you for your love and best wishes from my heart.
Rita.

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Rural woman

Rural woman!
How great you are!
Ever busy;
Going to bed last,
And getting up first;
You till the soil;
Plant the crops;
Weed;
And harvest the food
When it’s ready;
What would the world have been
Without you!
Yet, after all that you’ve put in,
Instead of appreciation,
You are slapped, kicked, and insulted
By the very man
Who says he loves you;
Be strong, rural woman;
You are great!