For QKJ #13

You Might As Well

(I cannot and will not cut
my conscience
to fit this year’s fashions.
__Lillian Hellman)

You might as well get it over with.
Kill me now.
That’s what a handgun’s for,
isn’t it? Protection. What? Don’t
you see me as a threat?
Am I too old, too
feminine, too
unarmed. Why do I expect
you? You are primed.
And God knows I
have done,
am saying, will
that will make you mad enough
that the familiar red film
will rise and blood
the world. You
and I can’t both be right.
I’ll leave the door
unlatched. Be humane.


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