Defining Terms

Project Pain

If mountains could crash like waves
I would have dirt in my teeth
But I will keep climbing.

If rivers could bite like snakes
I would have venom in my veins
But I will keep swimming.

They can’t and I don’t and I will
And my trials will not be chronicled in:

  • The major works of western literature
  • Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
  • The backs of cereal boxes
  • Future editions of the Koran
  • Saturday morning cartoons

Isn’t that a tragedy?
Add one self-referential line item to the list.

The omissions of my afflictions from all of World Culture
Deserve a dirge.

Thank God for the Internet.