She came to work

but wasn’t there.

Focus blotched

by last night’s

Fear Filled Family Fight.

Invisible scars

deep inside

slicing into her sense of self

she valiantly but vainly

tries to do her job

like she knows she can- – –

But she can’t.

Last night’s cutting words won’t mute.

We cannot see

what isn’t there

But connect the dots

and we are drawn into an invitation

to punctuate the veil of silence

as we realize our co-worker

was diminished

knocked out of balance

by verbal violence flaring behind closed doors.

This is not the time to tuck our head

deep down into our cubicle shell.


Lacuna n. pl. la·cu·nae (-n ). 1. An empty space or a missing part; a gap.


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