Aphelion Issue 275, Volume 26
August 2022
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To Thine Own Self... (Warning And Advice)

by Jean Jones

Guess what? Not everyone is here to help you.
Not everything everyone gives you is the truth.
Not everyone here cares about you.
Many people here are in it for themselves.
Many people here like your space to feel important.
Many people here suck air right out of you by their presence.
They neither give light nor appreciate it.
My advice: Depart. Leave. Get out.
If you sense people around you, not caring, sucking up your air by their presence,
get lost, be gone, depart. They won't even notice your departure, your loss.
All they care about are themselves and the audience they feel they deserve for
"I hate them, I do hate them. . ."
If I could get away with it, I would kill them. If I had the smarts,
I would blow them up in their own cars, press the detonator switch, several
thousand feet away
just to watch them blow up in front of my face.
If I could get away with it, I would shoot them, pick out weapons of my own
choosing to kill them.
My favorite method would be to tie them up somewhere, soak them in gasoline, and set
them on fire.
Their screams would soothe me.
But the law and morality stop me. It is not worth it, for me, to go to jail for their sake,
so I just pray for the day they die and I hear word of it. It would give me
immense joy.
Still what are we to do about such creatures? What can we do for people who deserve
death at our own hands?
Not spend one breath thinking about them, being around them, or wasting time
conceiving of their existence.
That is what I would say. Let the lack of access to our own energy
slowly kill them, or allow them to die of their own obscurity.
Good night.

© 2011 Jean Jones

Jean Jones was born in Indonesia in 1964, received a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Poetry from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio in 1988, and is currently co-editor of Word Salad Poetry Magazine, an online poetry magazine that can be found at http://wordsaladpoetrymagazine.com/drupal7/

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