Grievance

He is a man who has been hurt long ago
and guards his hurt like a treasure
he can fill the room with it
a coolness in the air
the suggestion of storm clouds
in his dark eyes, his melancholy smile—
he is not displeased with himself
with his deep sense of having been wronged
nor will he let anyone intercede
between him and the cause of his suffering
or try to put it in perspective
(it happened so long ago!)

there is a deep piousness in him
regarding this old injustice
it is a theme with richness and power
and it is his
any form of intervention
even a casual remark
may be taken as blasphemy

those who know him
step carefully around him
and watch what they say

Stuart Dodds

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