Never turn back,
they say.
But my back
takes the stone barrage,
bleeding faster than gossip,
bruising like a damaged fig.
What am I,
some biblical scapegoat?
Bring your bitterness
to the Jordan.
Drown it.
See if you survive.

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has focused on content development and content marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine.

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