Perfidy

When I first read “perfidy”
all those years ago
I was entranced

It was a central theme
in a pivotal book
filled with words and
wonder, and a mouse

Made more wrenching
due  to the familial nature
of the crime

Yet isn’t that the nature
of perfidy?

Does not the perpetrator
have to be close to
the intended?

And aren’t all
intimate relationships
familial?

Sentenced to death for
being different, betrayed
by one’s own

out of fear

But isn’t that how
perfidy works?

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