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