In my life so far
I’ve lived across from both
A cemetery and a street of brothels
One place evoked disgust while the other admiration
You can guess which was which
Because you know better…
We modern folk often think that there is nothing worse than death.
How does that work: that the worst thing that could possibly happen,
Always happens to everyone eventually?
To accept this is Nihilism.
Death is inevitable and must have a place in our structuring of values.
Abuse, betrayal, enslavement, callousness in the face of beauty.
These are uglier words than:
Grandfather’s last smile with his family wrapped around the hospice bed
–Uglier than: life-well-lived–
Shining in all their eyes.
He will die because everyone will die
The girl though,
The girl we give a name to as a joke
Candy, Lola, Honey
Because she has lost her good name.
She’s worse off:
Not because she can’t escape but because she should escape
Or be rescued in a thousand small ways.