I know a person who lost everything he once loved

His family, his love, his name, his dreams

And yet, he still bears the weight of it all with a bright smile

A knowing smile

I also know a woman who has lost nothing of the sort

And she spits on him, passing judgement as if she holds the key to life’s secrets

Her venomous words sizzle in my stomach, burning my heart like acid

How can it be true?

How can she be righteous and he be condemned?

How can I know nothing and they know God’s will?

My community is built on love, respect

Hers? On shifting sand

My mother’s bitterness will be her damnation