Thirty Five

First . . .

They put me to the test. See if I’d accept the challenge

I rose to the occasion.

Then . . .

They withheld from me the good, the just rewards, deserved

I remained silent.

Next . . .

They challenged my ethics, undermined my values, their point a proof of their inner trembling

I carried on believing.

Now . . .

They cling to me, hiding ignorance true or feigned behind false smiles and mimicry

And I am free