For The Best – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


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“You must work – we must all work to make the world worthy of its children.” Pablo Casals

For The Best The child was starving so we made a cake that only we could eat, the child was suffering, so we offered offered solutions in our double speak buried so deep as to never see the light of day; the child was traumatised so we asked her to tell her story, and tell it until we were gratified by the salacious details of unfolding horror; the child was broken so we asked how she could fix our consciences; the child needed support so we provided funding to those who needed luxury cars and dental plans, who wrote fictions about the child so that sequels could be anticipated, and in the advent of a second mortgage, to ask a high fee. The child died and everyone congratulated…

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