Verdict; harsh, misinformed,
malignant. Words catapult cold
steel into neutral arena.

Deep cut gushes,
crimson-stained clothing
clinging to saline soaked torso.

Desecrated cwtch;
welcome mat dirt-trodden
by muddied judgement.

Wound weeps, fibroblasts
creep; crusty scab
protects delicate tissue

until finger of realisation
begins to pick –
injustice never heals.

~ cwtch (pronounced cutch) is a Welsh word which means hug but the literal meaning is a safe place, so if you give someone a cwtch you are giving them a safe place.


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