False bravery lies behind

a monitor and keyboard.


Tap, tap, tapping away

full of hypocrisy and hate.


Bullies too afraid to

face their victims face to face.


Cowards uploading their

vicious attacks against flesh and bone.


All from a safe distance

basking in the glow of their lit screens…


photo: pixabay


No No No

She stutters no,

no, no, no, no, teeth chattering in the cold

Her skin raw

from hours of scrubbing beneath the shower’s spray

The water once

hot, now ice cold, raising goose bumps across her flesh

Exhausted, she slides

to the floor surrounded by shampoo bottles and razors

Her head finds

the shower wall again and again and again

Tiny neat cuts

send spirals of crimson circling down the drain

She is six

and wonders why she is still here


photo: pixabay

Your Name

She heard your name

today in a crowded room


Eyes shifted toward

her watchful for any reaction


Her stomach twisted

threatening to give up its content


Her heart crumbled

beneath the weight of your memory


Her ears deaf

to all after that moment


Their eyes disappointed

at no reaction externally


She is rebuilding

walls you brought down


But today the sound

of your name was crippling


photo: Rio McKee