Poetry: “Empathy”

“Empathy”

Take a stroll in my stilettos
To see for yourself
How stilted
The situation becomes
When whispers of, “Slut!”
Infiltrate your self-image
Until you begin to believe in
Forced martyrdom

But remember —
You are not a victim.

Sad woman
Sad woman © Jose Antonio Sánchez Reyes | Dreamstime Stock Photos File ID: 5588596

“Empathy” © Jane Bled 2016

~

She wasn’t asking for it. Neither was I.

Jane

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