It dawned on me
one day in the shower
that I had let you hurt me
over and over again
without thought or reprisal
and resolved
never to let that happen again
I worked on hardening soft thoughts
moments of tenderness
which often surface
when I think of all the hurt you have caused
and I have let you cause
like a defense counsel
I have hired on your behalf, which you have no knowledge of
These soft thoughts
They are my undoing
I thought
Till the defense counsel very wisely said
No, they are, your love

I rest my case.

Sashikala Premawardhane

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