& would prefer

evil as

I’ve only met true evil

three times

& would prefer

not meet a fourth


all I see is jealousy

misguided misdirected emotions

playing out of control

uncomfortably in public

to teach lessons to others

only the actor can discern

oh they may look the same

but these are not sadism

driven to action

the way evil does

doing sick things

because it can

or wants to

she wants answers

I worked with her dad

now deceased

some years ago

& she has just found out

he was not her biological father

& wishes to know stuff

I tell her he loved her

what else is there?

her mothers’ infidelity

that he bore it well?

but she wants answers

I suggest she talk to her mother

but that don’t sit right


I just want to talk with him

she goes

& I gently suggest

your mother is the actor

in all of this

go ask her

she gets all upset she says

but no

she loved her dad the best

& wants to know


from the one who

stayed silent so long