Sunday, June 1, 2014

The worst thing

What is the worst thing,
he asked, the worst thing
that could happen,
he asked, quietly. Pain,
he replied, the pain
of difficulty and unease,
the pain of hurt, loss,
abandonment, the pain
of deprivation, suffering,
the pain of torment and
confusion, pain, pain
to be avoided at all costs,
if not avoided then mitigated,
lessened, reduced
to nothingness. That is
the worst thing, he replied.
Do you not wish to live,
he asked.

Photograph by George Hodan via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

too much
what we already know