Universal Innocence

104 5 10
                                    

Universal Innocence

Let pretend for a moment

            I didn't learn, didn't

                                          know

                            how

            to use words like a scalpel

           cutting skin from flesh

       and flesh from bone

         to tear apart

       to rend

but never mend, because

  I was never any good

      with a needle

             

      Let's pretend

the days didn't gather

    and collect, didn't crumple up

 like piles of used tissues,

      a tear-stained, snot-gummed

          clot

                 of regrets

  Let's pretend

 universal innocence,

   or ignorance. White wash memory

        into a

                        blank       slate

    then,

                   we can pretend

           that the spiral

     doesn't

        just keep spiraling on,

                time

              flushing

               down

            the john

  just

  keep pretending

                              you

         didn't know

     didn't learn

how,

                 too

_______________________________________

Note: Inspired by the prompt offered by Bloody_Mary666, which was a quote from her dad, "Good and evil are illusions set by society. Good is what benefits a group of people, and evil is what benefits one person, or even no one at all. In the end, it is all defined by greed."

The Poetry ProjectWhere stories live. Discover now