Invective: a vehement accusation or denunciation, especially of a bitterly abusive kind

He stands before me quaking,

in anger, not in fear.

Hate-filled eyes, so murderous

and neck veins under strain.

Venom of spitting cobra

poised to strike its victim

~~~

Then flowed a raging river,

uncontrollable torrent of

invective: intent on belittling,

on wounding, on destroying.

No thought for dignity here,

gone all semblance of respect.

~~~

And I’m left dazed, bemused

that one, held in such regard,

could metamorphose instantly

from niceness into nastiness,

as before my very gaze

Apollyon is unmasked.

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