Strength of a Woman
The last time I saw,
you wore a Vermilion bright.
I just stood there, watched,
hoped to have wielded a sword.
I waited with a bated breath for someone to interfere. To bring to justice the perpetrators, to rescue you away.
I was just a small kid back then but so were you. If only had I been a bit courageous, our friendship wouldn’t have died that day.
Or so I thought until I saw your own folks were the real monsters, and that broke me into pieces like a sledgehammer could not.
22 was just a number for us back then but for you it was to become an agonising reality, a stark difference of years between you & him.
Resigning to fate, I watched you take those precious steps around the sacred fire. Each round poking at me, jabbing at my incompetence.
You never wanted any of it, but bore it with a resolute face. Going away with one long last look, and I feared you would give up, for that would have been my undoing.
But now, as I see you, I cannot mistake the years gone by For the lady I see now has grown up to be a woman, one who chose not to succumb. .
As I look at the two young kids by your side, I know they need not look far from them for motivation. For they see you as a perfect idol, as I stand here pondering whether to apologise or make a run.
And at this very moment, you turn & our eyes meet after almost a decade. You smile back just like the old way and I only wish you shouldn’t have been that forgiving. .
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