Human beings

Do nothing better

Than judge each other to death.

*

How dare you judge me still?

My inner executioners

Paraded my head around the crowds

Before you even knew how betrayed you felt.

*

You judged me

According to a detail

And turned a blind eye to the big picture

Because it fitted the frame you put me in.

*

Let me be my own judge.

I’m in competent hands.

*

It’s extraordinary that people with

The most judgemental tongues

Are also the ones who have no idea who they are

And what they themselves have done.

*

And as you reveal your judgements to me

You reveal the way you speak to yourself

When nobody’s listening.

*

At some point, in order to survive and then live,

Self-judgement needs to metamorphose into self-forgiveness.

“Portrait of a Girl” by Thérèse Schwartze (1851-1918)

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