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Always the Villain

Published: 06 January 2019

Where did we begin—
this freakshow where I am but a curiosity
whose prize is paper napkins,
offered at arm's length
and a wry smile?

Where did we begin—
this horror story where I am the villain
whose mere line of sight is an obstacle
between discomfort and relief
and satisfaction?

What did I do to earn the sideways glances
of those who choose to live in the shadows,
quiet but conspiring about my judgement?

What am I to do to demonstrate
that there is no danger in having
only good things to say?