Betrayal at 7

the internal chaos and fear
by the image of betrayal so long ago
permeates in the now,
when reason and trust flee

you were a child that Saturday
just 7 years old
exploring differences at the park
not knowing not suspecting
you would be the topic of show and tell
on Monday

of the fourth week
of the first grade
you wanted so badly to fit in
to belong
to have friends

she was so proud
to raise her hand
to be the first
to tell about her weekend
       your weekend

and for that moment you were the fool
and ran in shame
and terror’
uncontrollably sobbing
buried your face
in the teacher’s dress

the shame and fear are long gone
but the images remain

along with resentment

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