Little creature

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little creature in my hands
freely surrenders to my touch
gives me her gift of trust
so completely
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.