A Set Back
by Shino Yume
I feel like a long time ago
I was beaten with a whip.
It was painful, and I cried.
But I was recovering.
My wounds were scabbing over,
And I was getting better.

Now I have reached a dead end.
My scars were ripped open
And I am bleeding again.
It's all a matter of pain.
I was almost there,
but you pulled me back here again.
Is this my reward for trying?
Maybe I was right the first time.
I was wrong when I thought
I could learn to trust people.
Now I must pay the high price.
My true enemy has not yet shown his face,
But I fear he is getting very close.