You knew
what you knew
and still ignored

the facts included
in reports
as well as cries

for help from streets,
behind closed doors,
in open doorways.

You chose to ignore
what you knew to be true
with ease

You let it happen
then walked away,
too often in silence

and always


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.