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The Lesser Evil

It still lurks
safely in the past,
but now dredged up because
it is so good for modesty.

No, I will not succumb!
The thing you shun is a gift,
a ringing sword thrust to be cherished,
a uniter of souls. 

It is for us 
to confirm our separation
as inviolate. Hold close 
this tragedy, this loss,
and cherish them. 
Now souls may come together.

No, no, the time is now;
this truth is yours.
Yours, the anguish--
yours the gift;
it is in such alone
that love is understood.

And naked, what then?
Not lesser, pure...shining there.
Did you not know it all along?
Even to the last moment, 
you need not wash your hands.


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  1. Date: 1/29/2015 8:03:00 PM

    Oh...Robert....This is very enigmatic....I followed up until that last line....Hmmmmmm...reference to pilot and his washing his hands symbolically of a crime committed? Interesting write leaving one full of ponderings....