It's not what you say or do Child
People have open, untended wounds
Carelessly bandaged and carefully hidden
From all the prying eyes..
..and even the most innocent things
said or done could trigger the most
Painful of memories of rejection
Heartbreak, helplessness, anguish
In people who haven't done the healing.
Even the touch of softest silk would
Cause pain and discomfort
to someone who has been burnt.
—burning and healing.