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Fear of Justifications

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
p. 175 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0014

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The irony of heaven holds that Dick Cheney
will be waterboarded by angels
until he confesses to his role as a torturer.
But angels know he’ll just be feigning
his responsibility, that torture ultimately
produces only what angels want to hear
and not confession at all. Then he’ll know futility.
For angels are made of light. They move through
almost everything but liquids, craving anywhere
to alight, to trade indifference for intransigence.
So what they love the most is sound, to have
something go through them the same way
they slip through history, as the fugacious
tailwind to event. The root of their addiction
is sweetened in such harmless game as to
prey on a wretch like Cheney and all his
inadmissible evidence. There is nothing more
satisfying than to choke the crystalline bubble
from his mouth, allowing it to rise and burst.
For the unrepentant scream in paradise provides
an illusion of the forbidden. It strafes them raw
with the lie that rids the lice of their desire, and
it goes, shuddering up through their radiant wings.

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Darren Morris. "Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 173-180. Project MUSE. Web. 22 Jul. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Morris, D.(2013). Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness. The Missouri Review 36(1), 173-180. University of Missouri. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Darren Morris. "Fear of Justifications, and: The First Circle, and: Fear of the Either/Or, and: Fear of Seed Vaults and Immortality, and: Fear of Blamelessness." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 173-180. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 22, 2014).
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