Sacred family ties

I betrayed you

with my silence I allowed them to harm you with impunity

I was afraid

to be disliked

afraid of the inevitable change

of others finding out

So I let you suffer

in my wilful blindness

waiting for the storm to pass

in the hope to leave everything behind

Or better still, for it to never have happened

I let them do

What would you have done?

I did not know how to love you