Wednesday, April 14, 2010


What do I do with a person
who has at every turn, made bad decisions
from not completing her education
to experimenting with drugs and alcohol
and falling from one bad relationship to the next?

Now at the close of her life
those decisions ravage her body
with intense consequences
leaving her in ill health with rotting teeth.

If she were a plant with a disease
I’d expect to cut it down
and burn it before it infected others.

If an animal, I’d put her to sleep
rather than let her suffer.

When it comes to humans
I’m forced to let her linger
in those hallways between death and slumber
maintaining her sickness
until she can’t take it anymore.

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