little creature in my hands
freely surrenders to my touch
gives me her gift of trust
fragile tiny body in my hands
what darkness within the human psyche
causes others to harm such a creature?
for no reason at all –
because they were “bored”
or perhaps they have themselves been harmed
when they gave their trust
and were betrayed?
vulnerability sings its presence
reverberating through hollow bones
startled at release — my heart also takes flight
© Josie Kirkwood c.2010
Previously published on Medium 3 February 2020.