“Lachesism: the desire to be struck by disaster – to survive a plane crash, or to lose everything in a fire.” – John Koenig’s Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

We lock our doors

Set our security systems

Fasten our seat belts

Put on our helmets

Mark the exits 

Receive emergency alerts by phone

But there are times

We long to hear the screech before impact

To see our lives go up in flames

To brush our fingers with the gates of heaven 

And glimpse

God’s face

Only to have a chance to start over again

Gain inspiration

Be forced to shed our old skin

Finally feel uncomfortable with routine

We need disaster

In order to have the chance to rebuild

Sometimes we need a wall

To learn how to dig

Sometimes we need oppression 

To realize what we want

Sometimes we need carnage 

To remember our empathy

What curiosity we must be to the animals

That observe us

Crashing and thrashing and throwing and yelling

They simply live to survive

And enjoy a moment of peace when it arrives

We bask in our privilege

And throw bombs to remind ourselves we are alive


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