A rash, a red bruise.

An urge to itch. It burns.

Words can't soothe the ache.

It curls around my abdomen,

It pools in my stomach.

.

Something snaps in my mind.

It tells me I made a selfish mistake.

That the pain inflicted upon me-

Is to be readily received.

To feel guilt, it tells me...

I sat and listened.

.

For in my mind,

It's the only reasonable explanation.

What else am I to believe?


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