A REQUEST TO DELETE YOUR HISTORY

To Whom It May Concern:

This
is a request to delete your
history.

You have built around you
a beautiful
expansive library
filled with detailed heartbeats
and cultural drums
that have echoed through
the jungles of
time

but

they are obtrusive
to the reality
that we have created
for ourselves.

We do not want to
ostracise you
from our society;
we simply want you
to be
just like us

to believe in the god
that we have sculpted
to taste
to eat
to digest
the paintings
from our
very personal
cave walls.

Because
what are memories truly?

Memories
are just lies.
A triple-filtered
perspective
of what actually happened
where good men
grow wings
and bad men
grow horns.

We crucify
the innocent.

We sacrifice
the virgin.

And we ask you
to take
what you have made pure
and present it to us
as a gift
on our
holy
holy
holy
alter.

We cannot believe
what you believe.

We cannot accept
what you accept.

Our table is full
and we are unwilling
to add the chairs
for your kings and queens
but we do ask
that you join us
for a feast
to celebrate
our holidays
and maybe
if you’d be so kind
help us with the dishes
afterwards.

This
is a request
to delete your history
to throw the pages
of your books
into the fire of yours.

And someone asked
“why?
let’s all just build
one giant tower
to climb
into the chest of
god
or what you will call
her or him,”

Someone wrote these
words
but they too
were thrown into the fire
of ignorance.

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2013

READ “AN EMPTY ORCHESTRA”

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Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

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