A poem about the hypocrisy of people who abuse someone, then criticize that person for showing the effects of their abuse.


You verbally, physically, and sexually . . . abuse me.
 of being nuts—and a slut—falsely accuse me.
Then hide . . . behind your crosses. Your wealth and . . . your gold rings.
And your titles. And your land. And your fancy clothes and things.
And all o’ your other . . . so-called signs . . . of respectability.
I’ll respect you . . . when you respect me.

*First published on MindFreedom.org, 2008.

Copyright 2008 by Liz Purcell.

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