It’s why
I didn’t squash
the horsefly,
merely walked back
It’s why
I captured the rat,
freed it in the field,
let the vultures hold jury.
It’s why
I stepped over
the snake.
It’s why
when you said that,
sure, I was taken aback. But more,
I knew I would not take it lightly.
I’ve seen things
you pretend you’re above.
I’ve done things
that would re-curl your hair.
I’ve sat on the outside,
spied on the glass menagerie,
seen how easily it shatters.
Come talk to me
when you’ve got something meaningful to say.
Come talk to me
when you remember you’re human.
In the meantime,
watch me step over you.

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 earned a living through content development and 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, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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