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Reciprocal

by Chris Sorrenti


Counterforce
without measure
retaliation
flows through my veins
every affront merits
an equal reaction

Threaten me
and you have challenged
challenge me
and I will fight
I will kill
without pity
or remorse
gone the days
of humiliation
turning the other cheek

instead
handing you the reciprocal

Acid words
and fiery syllables
fill bright rooms
when I'm not there
sharpened lines
no longer to scathe me
survival coming
to those who are strongest
for do the meek truly
inherit the earth?

I am a product
of the world that surrounds me
let an ocean of readiness
drown out any fear
Love is allowed
though must protect itself
a weapon armed
but as yet undelivered

until
I hand you the reciprocal

© 1974
Revised © 2018
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09/13/2018

Author's Note: A true poet reflects both the light and the darkness.

Posted on 09/13/2018
Copyright © 2018 Chris Sorrenti

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