To the Woman I saw on the train yesterday
May you allow yourself to know
you are worthy of kindness
May you feel a strength welling
up within you to stand up for the one
in you who has been beaten down.
I felt the acidity of the words your partner
was striking you with,
throwing abuse at you like it was nothing
like those words weren’t sharp and hurtful,
coming from a bitterness
and an ignorance of their weight.
I hesitate to call you a man, but that
is the judgement and scorn that arose
in me at seeing, sensing and feeling
the abuse you were hurling into
a public train carriage.
I spoke up for the woman you were with,
and you started verbally abusing me,
you asked who the fuck do I think I am
I am a concerned human being,
witnessing the abuse of a woman on a train
and knowing IT’S NOT OK.
I am a mother who has grown daughters,
I speak from a place of concern,
What is it in you that is so broken
that you don’t see the pain you are in,
and inflicting on the woman you seem
to be in relationship with.
Dear Couple on the train,
May you wake up,
both you you.
May the courage and love that
resides within you no matter how
deeply covered over and solidified
the container housing that courage is,
be cracked open.
May you be blessed,
you are both capable of so much
better in your life.
May you be blessed.