insult

Insult
by Kay Ryan

Insult is injury
taken personally,
saying, This is not
a random fracture
that would have happened
to any leg out there;
this was a conscious unkindness.
We need insult to remind us
that we aren’t always just hurt,
that there are some sources–
even in the self—parts of which
tread on other parts with such boldness
that we must say, You must stop this.

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