no good deed goes unpunished...

without warning it came
no breeze to betray movement
no subtle mumbling below breath
just the sound of lash striking flesh
and a residual ringing still echoing
the soft rhythmic pattern of retreating steps
no trace evident
like wisps of mist…
…wafting through dense fog
nothing to be seen
reeling in confusion
nothing making sense
words fell on stoppered ears
willfully muffled to sound
as eyes averted to painted skies ignored reality
loving smiles once graciously gifted
arms felt wrapped in warm embrace
now found forcefully snatched away
these changes in demeanor
all bear shades most bitter
liberally laced
with the acrid taste of jealousy
as hands held out in customary manner lifted another
wiping tears & soothing deeply embedded pains
how did those compassionate actions
leave the bestower exposed to such harsh elements?
disregarding intent & innocence
strangely mistaken for something else
yet accepting no blame for your own part
in the breaking of three aching hearts
your carefully shrouded dishonesty
a slap in the face of loyalty
are you aware
how frosty your shoulder has gotten?
was it the suddenly averted attention
or the recipient of helpful intention
that turned those baby blues so green
now here stand the forgotten
the wrongfully accused
both giver & given
shunned, stunned & left out in the cold
in resounding silence
doors bolted & bonds broken
while you held hostage emotion
denying their expression
refusing to listen
as emerald hues stole true sight from you
turning & showing them your back
the discarded shoved quietly into your past
saddened but wiser
burned by the sting of the whip you so deftly used
wielded in underhand fashion
sometimes the word
doesn’t carry as much impact
as the bite
of silent goodbyes

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Written by FromTheAsh
Author's Note
I'm not angry, just hurt. Some things can't be repaired once broken. Question broken are we?
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