medal’d 

August 19, 2015 § 2 Comments

at every

midnight awakening 

you find

it has 

conquered new territory 

this dark coral of neurosis 

this expanding reef

for peace to flounder on
what is it in people’s eyes

when they nudge

you to give testimony 

to triggers?

some would say

empathy 

some, a trying to

understand
perhaps it is neither 
& what is it,

in the undergrowth 

of society, that

waits

for you to falter in step

or drop a defense

so a medallion can be placed 

around your fallen shoulders 
declared to be

a recognition of a battle

not yet won
another weight added

another thing

to be

caretaker of
(c) 2015 Fred Whitehead 

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