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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

a sinister, sniveling voice inside my soul




what do you know of pain
that you should speak so lightly of it,
and how are you qualified to offer
an easy prescription, a macho platitude?

i think, perhaps, you glib ones have not tasted
the dry mouth torment that comes by day
or the cold that slips into your
bed at night and teases you from sleep

you, who do not know of pain and things less pleasant,
should i take you under my dark wing
tutor you with tomes of torment,
preach to you the paradise of paraphilias?

i doubt it would do either of us any good
you would, inevitably, be corrupted and i would, ultimately, be bored
but still, there is a deeply buried part of me
a sniveling, sinister voice inside my soul

that urges me to hurt you for no better reason
than to see the knowledge of pain blossom in your eyes
to see how long it would take you to discover that pain
is the one true thing that is better by far to give than to receive

so now you think me a monster, an unrepentant demoniac
and trust me, you aren’t the first nor will you be the last
but i am just a man like any other, my only difference being
i have looked beneath the rock that you are too cowardly to lift






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I am from West Virginia. Born in New Martinsville to a minister's family. Traveled around West Virginia and Southern Ohio growing up. The only stability I got was from my mother's side of the family in Boone County. My Great Grandfather on my father's side was preaching in Madison during the Mine Wars. He ran for the state legislature on a pro-union ticket and won only to have the coal companies tie the results up in court so he ended serving only one day out of this term. My Grandfather on my mother's side stood with the miner's at Blair Mountain and died of Black Lung when I was still in my teens. I was raised a Conservative Christian...not a Fundamentalist. Strict separation of church and state based on the understanding that what makes for a good politician is pretty much the opposite of what makes a good Christian. I'm politically radical in that I believe in one man/one vote and the only way to have political equality is to have economic equality. I'm an atheist because once I accepted the fact of my own mortality I found no need for belief in God.