The Code

Once, we had a code:
You hurt me – I hurt you.
Now the pressing
of a bureaucratic key
leaves no target for revenge.

But the system will find
the Earth has a simpler way.
Justice is her DNA,
punishment paired with mercy –
remember those?

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The Demons Return

He’d fluffed all his lines in a silly school play
and alone in his room he was sobbing away.
I told him how once, when I was his age,
it happened to me: “…then I ran off the stage.
But you stayed till the end and acted your part;
that you’re feeling ashamed is breaking my heart:
I’m so proud of you! Yes, smile; good lad.
You conquered your demons; I – ” “…You OK, Dad?”