14 Nov 2017 – Victims

Too many victims
stepping out of shadows now,
too many women
answer to their sisters pain:
“O God! You, also?”

The only marvel
isn’t how the hypocrites
dispense forgiveness,
counterclaim forgetfulness –
but don’t burn witches.

And yet, you wonder,
in a land where innocence
was our assumption,
why this trial by Internet
should fall this moment.

I curse the rapists,
taking what they wish by force!
I curse those also
weaponizing women’s shame
to score a field-goal.