bullies

 

Only seven years old
decrepit east coast schoolyard

Ebony eyed and haired girl-
A Scorpio, the most callous
kind

Struck me with all force
against the cheek
with no provocation
other than my
vulnerability.

I held my face
with vociferous tears sobbing,
did not speak,
did not fight back,
and kneeled
in shocked sorrow.

A crowd circled around
but none came to console.
Even the ebony eyes
softened
with some trace
of conscience regret.

I have never understood
the breadth
of human apathy,
– cruelty –
and would rather die than become it.

May I always feel,
let all touch me
even if painful,
from there is my
greatest
strength.

She self destructed
ultimately,

and I can
and always will
love
well.

 

Photo by Allan Mas from Pexels
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