what kills the light in ones soul
woeful neglect or insidious abuse
often a precursor to addictions

intoxicants, promiscuous sex
fuming anger insecure or jealous
some may be born that way but

usually it comes from early harm
a few manage to rise above it
most get buried by the quagmire

next time you meet a troubled soul
reflect on how they got there
helps suspend our hasty judgement

children have no resources to escape
then they grow into lost souls
we know them, we see them often

so parents and neighbours protect
every vulnerable lost soul
notify any abuse or neglect

more resources are needed I suspect
but listen and support as needed
for we each deserve love and respect