Anger Management

Photo by Ken Russell. 1954
Photo by Ken Russell. 1954

There is a subtle anger

Underneath the crust

That carries a tilted scale.


Even among those who smile

Offering friendliness.

A false melodic whistle….who,

Not by the challenge of wise years,

Takes the path of simplification…to

Create a dry cause and effect

Binary reasoning, a molded anger

Standing beside the smooth

Concrete arm of punishment

As long as she has a sword in her hand.

The subtle anger

Always appears where…it

Is the most comfortable

Well-fed, housed, and entertained

Reclining on a soft couch

Sleeping in

Creating an outer crust

Buffering the creamy inner anger.

For those outside the crust

The wind always sways the scale

In unpredictable directions

Every now and then

A storm blows through


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