April 30: Outed

by allisonkujiraoka

Words bruise worse

than sticks or stones

when lobbed, as if to curse.

Even folded into meter

or laid out plain in verse,

a turn of phrase,

more than a look,

can kill.

Can gallop off the page,

can pounce right off the tongue,

and pierce the soul with

unveiled ill will.

The heart of hearts

outs itself in words.