Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cruelty

Life's not fair.

But I was never warned that Life was also indiscriminately cruel.

Life gives lymphoma to children and "life" to Charlie Manson.

Life gives eviction notices to families and North Korea to Kim Jong Un.

Life delivers stillborn babies and $ billions to oil magnates.

Some turn to God for restitution and solace.

for earthly injustice and inequity are rectified in the skies.

But still, there are others

those in whose numbers I count myself

for whom Life and its monstrosities will not be metered out.

I harbor no illusions of a divine salve for my sufferings, Solomon's parsings over my plagues

Rather, I attempt to savor

grotesque beauty from the horror

Gossamer appears the chalk line

between Life's pleasure and His pain.

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