Shame

the feeling
of never being
good enough

for mother, father
mentor, priest
any, all, who judge

unauthorized authority
will damage even innocence
in its lust for power

memories
so long denied
awaken deep inside

become the link
the chronic pain
felt the world wide

until at last
the teardrops falling
sob within the night

to find the peace
allowing sleep
to waken

with each new sunrise
 

? Michaelette ?
6/24/98

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