never ending drums

they say that hell is crowded, yet,
when you’re in hell,
you always seem to be alone.
& you can’t tell anyone when you’re in hell
or they’ll think you’re crazy
& being crazy is being in hell
& being sane is hellish too.

those who escape hell, however,
never talk about it
& nothing much bothers them after that.
I mean, things like missing a meal,
going to jail, wrecking your car,
or even the idea of death itself.

when you ask them,
“how are things?”
they’ll always answer, “fine, just fine…”

once you’ve been to hell and back,
that’s enough
it’s the greatest satisfaction known to man.

once you’ve been to hell and back,
you don’t look behind you when the floor creaks
and the sun is always up at midnight
and things like the eyes of mice
or an abandoned tire in a vacant lot
can make you smile
once you’ve been to hell and back.

—“Lost” by Charles Bukowski

‘pity this busy monster, manunkind’

pity this busy monster, manunkind,

not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)

plays with the bigness of his littleness
--- electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange; lenses extend
unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish
returns on its unself.
                          A world of made
is not a world of born --- pity poor flesh

and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical

ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

a hopeless case if --- listen: there's a hell
of a good universe next door; let's go

E. E. Cummings
4

All the things you’ve said
And the things you’ve done
Can you carry it with no regrets
Can you stand the person you’ve become?

- ‘The Weight of Living’ by Bastille

 (Inspired by this post by @the-never-ending-drums)

Gniiiih >.< I’ve been hugged by the lovely @notsoobviousfangirl​! Thank you, I really needed it <3

I’ll tag another 15 people, hoping to make your day a little better if you need it! If you’re tagged, please, keep it going!

I’m hugging @ursulaismymiddlename​, @mosdrabblebabbles​, @itsty-bitsy-spider​, @buckyspicelatte, @onyourleftbooob, @winterwriter, @angel-demonqueen-hunter-assassin, @pietroimagines, @stebierogers, @writingfortheavengers, @the-never-ending-drums, @steve-it-hurt-a-little-rogers, @sccttymccall, @imagine-assembling-the-avengers and @love-buckybarnes!

And, of course, a big hug to @notsoobviousfangirl <3

Argh! No, Voldy, not you!

Ah, better!