by Kelly Pelton (written 03 Feb 2023)

You made a false assumption about me,
that I have difficulty trusting men,
that God, if I will give Him the opportunity,
will help me be a docile, yielding hen.

You fail to grasp the miracle God has done
with my distrust of women years ago,
 in freeing me from judging all by one
who gripped me in her toxic undertow.

Though neither men nor women deserve our trust,
I now trust females as much as I trust males,
which is to say, not much, but here I must
rejoice that, in me, equal trust prevails.