the damage done

ignorance was not on my side

despite my best intentions

they had me marked

as some kind of beast

worthy of nothing

call it thug

& what could I do?

once they’ve named you

put the shame into the world

there is no road back to be free

& how could I tell them

the times here all alone

listening to Patty Griffin

into the long night

letting the tears just be

wanting to feel

some other touch

other than my own

& knowing the damage is done

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