The Cost

Wednesday April 10, 2019

I don't care anymore. It doesn't hurt.
She rubs her eyes as if they ache.
I just laugh at them now.
She wipes the lie from lips gone dry.

Snitch. Sneak. Snake.

The counsellor waits, creates

A space

To speak

The words, forced by torture;
Events told by heated irons
And names drawn out by the rack.

Snitch. Snitch: we'll get you, bitch!

The rumours set about and fostered;
Lies like thick manure round hemlock;
Screamed abuse on the bus;
The cruelties following her home on her phone.

No Escape.

Sneak. Sneak: you're so weak!

No place free from
The stench of the rotting
Corpse of friendship.

Snitch. Sneak. Snake.

I saw what they did to the others;
I never thought they'd do it to me.

The counsellor waits, creates the space.

It's been months now.
I tried to kill myself last week.

Snake. Snake: we'll make you break!

But now, now I must tell.
They've started on my sister now.

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