Vicious by Katie Gertz

All that you need to know about her
Is that she speaks to her family in her native language,
But I had to explain to my friend, her grown child,
What the word
“Orgulloso” meant.

All that you need to know about my friend
Is that sometimes they speak to themselves in words like dry daggers
Stabbing Caesar in an endless roulette
But this is the person who, by example, truly taught me what the word
“Honorable” meant.

All that you need to know about me
Is that sometimes I speak with a tongue like lashing rain, but my friend taught me that gentle words are priceless
So I come here to ask you to lend me your ears to bury my fury, not to raise it
Because Hell knows that, if it would spare my friend an ounce of pain, I would find great pleasure in redefining the word
“Vicious.”