Reduction Destruction

Too often beauty is ignored and worth is denied

I am a diamond ring in a dingy dollar store

Chubby butterfingers try me on for size

Cheap plastic jewelry just won’t cut it anymore

Heart beats inside my chest like a toddler ready to purge dinner’s veggies

Chew me up and spit me out like plump, undesirable beets

How many licks to the center of the eye candy lollipop?

Until I’m just the worthless stick discarded in the street?

I’m sick at the though of banging anyone

because ordinarily that means pulling your trigger selfishly

over and over and over and over

You get what you want but throw away the hollow evidence

Using a body bag would be too dignified

The victim would first have to be recognized as human.

Like hard candy licked inside out

Like a piece of juiced fruit

You get your taste but what about the bruised peels that

pave your mushy path to satisfaction?

It’s temporary and insubstantial because once every corpse rots under your feet

you’ll sink

Drowning in a sea of lifeless, forgotten faces

Recognition drown out by your blood rushing through your ears

Now you hear nothing but the loneliest of silences-

the emptiness that comes from realizing you were wrong.

The reality of what you’ve done hits you but it’s too late

You’re knee deep ironically¬†in your self destruction

And just like no one was there to rescue your victims from you

There’s no one around to save you.


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