Defusing the power

It is so natural

to strike out at

people who

try to bring

you down or

suffocate you

In their dreadful noose.


It is hard to keep

your silence like a stone

and the find a response that

maintains your dignity

and theirs.


But in acts of

utmost dignity

and in words that

go beyond feeling

there is the possibility

of finding a peace

that defuses the power

that tries to strike

you down.