Trauamatic experiences are often difficult to validate. The poem describes an episode where such validation was possible, through the use of film from childhood.
Keywordstrauma memory film
like a broken-down, boozed-up child star,
I watch videos of myself as a kid.
A birthday party 50 years ago
has been Super 8 digitized,
and I finally see what I always felt;
through the camera’s eye
that look of hatred she gave me
and the threat in her eyes
before she noticed the camera
and remembered to paste on a smile.