Malice


time was the cold, bone-crunching cement 
beneath her feet;
each ticking minute cruel,
and every passing hour punishing 

for, all around her, 
in every moment of awareness, 
were time’s stealthy hands

without warning, they would grip her,
wringing her out in fiery fists,
an icy vacancy on its ceaseless face 
as they squeezed and knotted,
yet, allowed her to live

it occurred to her each time –

what great malice there can be,
in allowing something to live

-image credit Brooke Shaden; included as part of Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie photo challenge 191

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5 thoughts on “Malice

  1. The last two lines can break the internet. We have a famous comic-villain line from a movie here “Put him in liquid oxygen. The liquid will not let him live, and the oxygen will not let him die.”

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