Anger’s End

                                                      —Matthew 5:21, 22
                  He called you what? Anger is no excuse.
                  Call it what it is: nothing short of abuse.
                  Not free will. Merely ill will running loose.
                  When anger comes between him and his love,
                  his love dies from what he was angry of,
                  with little left but a cold dismissive shrug.
                  A word spoken in anger can only lie.
                  It’s murder, and with no good reason why,
                  just the reason why so many good things die.


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3 Responses to Anger’s End

  1. slpmartin says:

    Much truth in these lines

  2. poetalias says:

    Quite right, he was wrong to call you that. And all the more wrong to blame it on his anger instead of taking responsibility for the choice he made to abuse you. *hug*

    And you are also right to call it what it is. As in your echo of the text you point to, his act is the equivalent of murder. Irrespective of nationality, creed, or any other feeble excuse. There’s no such thing as “some can handle it better than others” – any abuse victim who accepts or tolerates the abuse is not more mature or more easy-going or more loving. They simply are letting themselves be further abused.

    Along that line, interesting that you choose a quote from our most loving teacher ever (particularly since I know you do not consider yourself to be among his disciples), the one who was pure love to the end and beyond at all times and in all things. And he was not being unloving in saying what he said in the quote you point to, nor are you being unloving in the poem you have written for your echo. Love does not mean shrugging off, excusing, accepting, and living with abuse.

    One distinction I suggest, however, between your reference and your poem. The quoted text states that the abuser “will be in danger of” the penalty equivalent to that of murder, versus the absolute suggested by your poem. You correctly echo the quoted text by presenting the truth that abusive words spoken in anger do intentionally kill – and yes, that is not an accidental death, but is truly equivalent to murder in the first degree. But I can tell you from direct experience that a person who dies does not have to stay dead. Without excusing the abuse, without condoning it or accepting it in any way, do know that love can give birth to a new life beyond any death.

    Another big hug to you. -A

    • Thank you for your understanding, support, and compassion.

      You’re right, that while the death from abuse is inevitable and inescapable, it need not be the final word. Perhaps I can work on a revised draft of this piece.

      (P.S. I hold out the hope that your own “resurrection” will include a return to our collaborative work. Your voice is missed.)

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