Treasure Island

Pete Dowe

(1958 / Melbourne, Australia)

You can't Win a Gutter War! (second draft)


(If one becomes Evil
in order to defeat it
Evil wins)

You Lose
once
you step down
plant
both feet
firmly
in the gutter
a poison tree 1

You Lose
yourself

saw limbs of connection
amputate passion
lobotomise meaning

Consume
a diet
of sour grapes

swallow
on Impulse
Salivate
relish

chew furiously
a
not-helping
side-dish
of BLT ala Merde

lose control
at fearsome scenes
anticipated

The Future:

Dressed to Kill

with
More of the Same

all dressed up with nowhere to
getaway
from
the self imprisoned

solitary confinement
of
ANGER

flaring to boil
instantly

from simmering
resolve
down
below
the fires burn
deep

Q. Why choose Anger over Fear?
(in 25 words or less)

A. 'Because it feels empowering and anger tastes better
than fear'

but ANGER is ADDICTIVE
a good servant
a BAD MASTER

'To revenge
is to drink a cup of poison
hoping it kills
your enemy' 2

Let the the Buyer Beware
Warning
Consumers of Anger
may be consumed
by that 'enemy within'

One may
'Shop til you Drop! '

LITERALLY


1 William Blake
2 in the public domain

Submitted: Monday, January 05, 2009
Edited: Thursday, April 02, 2009
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