Finger Painting with Evil

We like to paw at evil

no better than a cat killing a squirrel

just for the heck of it.

Some nuts hunt squirrels

the rest of us find other ways to rob oysters and old ladies from their pearls.

This need of conscience

this nerve ending of the soul

telling us to pull away from the trigger like a child’s finger from a flame.

Hell is built upon wrapping yourself around such fire

walking heaven’s high wire

holding on to that pole and never letting go

or even letting go

you see your palms are forever scorched

and there’s no net below.

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