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.