The hurt of many years ago still burns
enough to sometimes fantasize revenge
and while detail both sharp and clear returns,
no resolution satisfies each binge.
A chance encounter may provide a while
when victim has the upper hand to play
and while all outcomes mind and mood beguile,
no ending shows one how injustice slay.
Forgiving and forgetting need new ground
with future choices strong with growing pull
and while achievements doubters may astound,
no last resolve of hope fills future full.
You but create your monster puppeteer
when you see justice as inflicting fear.
~Monster puppeteer, a sonnet reflecting on “Death and the Maiden,” a play by Ariel Dorfman, by Robert Stone