Child by Rebecca Park

"Sub Rosa" by Caitlin Russell ( )

"Sub Rosa" by Caitlin Russell (

Cynthia and Marley are kindergarteners.


“Stupid!” Cynthia grumbled at Marley.

She did not reckon Marley as stupid.


Cynthia was envious of her.


“No, you’re stupid!” Marley whined back.

She did not consider Cynthia as unintelligent.


Rather, it would have made Marley look


if she had just stood there

while words being cast at her.



Maybe we are the same with

criticism as

we grow older


And the only difference is that

we just select our words more



As we are propelled by

the confusion

the anger

the hate

the bitterness

the want of revenge


From within us