villain origin story

we all bury our reactions,
ostriches in the sand,
knowing heads must rise.

one pebble.
two stones.
three boulders.
four rocks.
five asteroids.
burdening weight.

maybe the dam breaks
when it can’t contain.
I think the cracks show much earlier.
I think the repairs are possible.
otherwise: why?

the lack of audience!
at the performance
always gets interpreted:
disrespect. scorn. contempt.

in goes derision into the mix,
melds with the profane,
flippantly stirred up,
coarsely served.

futile smothering of the flint:
the spark unnoticed until it’s too late.
watch them ignite.