Not Guilty – Written Friday 28th August 2020 (Aged 45)

Not Guilty

i hear that the children –
of separated parents
never escape the guilt
i have never felt guilty
i am sure others might
but i esd not the reason
my parents had to fight
it was their personal need
the poverty,
of their contentment
the prolific greed
it was childhoods
set out from the moment –
they were born
it was the traumatic attachments
the personalities never fully formed
i am not responsible
i did not start it
i was just born into the eye of it
guilt might have occured
when i was once a child
in days when my own disjointment
was mounting its own trials
maybe then, maybe –
maybe i felt i was to blame
when they said you are like him
and i had to bear his name
but i can tell you no
guilt has never been the cloak of my frame

James Garratt – Friday 28th August 2020

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