Stigma: A poem by Dr. Sudha Subramaniam

As my inner core burst 
I wept unshed tears
Screamed out in agony and hurt;
Aflame with pain and loss,
Dying embers of the spring of life,
Mutilated heart where winter thaws.

I arose to proclaim,
To bring the guilty to book;
I bared my shame
To cast the net
Put the guilty behind bars;
I knew justice will last,
My agony seemed past.

Yet as the crystal clear spring
Emerging from the depths,
Carries in its meander
The sins and grime of yesterday,
I remain a silent tribute
Etched with fortitude.