07 Jun

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It seemed like nothing.

Idle, inconsequential banter.

No big deal.

Yet it shaped a life.

Made it smaller, and less colourful.

Triggering a fear that blacked out the sun.

From carefree to vigilant. 

Another brick in the wall that would one day need demolishing. 


Nastiness had sneaked in through the back door.

Unannounced and unacknowledged.

Smothering joy in a blanket of shame.


How senselessly we wound one another.

If we only knew, we’d keep the knives in our pockets and let the child go home, unscarred.


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