Dogs 2007

LESSER EVILS
(4/8/07)


oh
they become
righteously indignant
to terrible things
written or
said
as if
a singular self
had created
some new
and unspeakable
horror

the worst
nightmares
that criminals
can conceive
are merely
shared mortal sins
in both fear
and fantasy
with the holiest
of mothers
and most priestly
of fathers

nothing new
under the sun
as the old books
might say

we all hold
in our heads
crimes and desires
not suited
for the daylight

those
who bring them out
to play in the sun
are imprisoned
and those
who reveal them
in print
or voice
are vilified
and reviled
in kind

the same
human sickness
acts
writes
speaks
and condemns
as well as
creates
imaginary boundaries
to insulate
the doers
from the done
and the doomed
from the delivered

we rest easier
if one devil
is defined
and a comfortable
majority
is released
from responsibility
but
we are all
to blame
and we all
shall suffer

a mirror
is a lonely
cell