You were walking home with your friend
when you saw a mother lying naked,
crumbled on the sidewalk,
with her crying daughter huddled
away from the battering husband
who was lurking nearby,
high on cocaine.
He was the one who beat and choked her,
ripped off her clothes in the street
in front of their daughter.
But you stopped for them.
You put your jacket over her, covering her shame.
You held her cut, bleeding face in you lap.
You protected a mother and her 8 yr old daughter.
Bravely waited for the police, firefighters and paramedics,
Who didn’t think to offer them blankets,
until you asked.
You’re a hero Karin,
because while most people walk away,