Poemetry by T.A. Barnhart


should is a
particularly cruel word.
must & will
remove choice
by force;
puts a knife
in your hand
and suggests,
with a nasty grin,
that you
cut its throat
for your own good.
with that blood
on your hands,
you protest
your innocence
while turning the blade
towards yourself.
you should,
i think,
do better.

┬ęTA Barnhart May 19, 2020