The Visitor

Written by: Celeste Butler-Mendez

Remorse, he knocked at man's front door, 
a proud and somber beggar
and asked if he could speak to us 
of hatefulness and guile. 

"What say you, Sir?" We asked Remorse
with curious concern. 
 "I've come to bend the hearts of man 
and promise soon that I'll 

wage war against your ancient foes;
Indifference and Disdain
to bring you back to empathy 
and fellowship and kind. 

Against the ghosts, he fought but lost;
accursed the useless war.
The fallen warrior was dead! 
Then on his corpse - we dined,  

but sinful gluttony soon left
the taste of bitter shame,
and we began to realize then 
Remorse and all he gave.  

His broken spirit once suppressed 
has stirred in human kind. 
Now all that we can do for him
is weep upon his grave.