Unfortunately, this is still relevant!
Originally posted 9/4/2008. Originally appeared in “Flood,” a chapbook from Pudding House Publications, now out of print.
All people can be divided into two groups:
those who divide people into two groups,
and those who do not.
We call the people who divide people into two groups
“them,” and we call those who do not
“us.” Sometimes, we call “them” “the Others.”
Let us say everything we know about the Others:
they are grown fat with their unjust ways. They
hate us. They are the source of the Smell — ha,
they are overripe with it. If you were to crack open
the “O” at the beginning of the word “Others,” it would be
as though a durian had been split in a closet and left to rot.
In fact, the Others
are the splitters of all fruit,
the drainers of all carcasses.
We, of course, are the stitchers…
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