“Hell is not punishment. It’s training.”
-Shunryu Suzuki

throw me into the frozen ocean
toss me into the lion’s den
give me 1000 shocking needles
piercing through my shallow skin
for through this i will remain

waterboard me for hours on end
as i swim through oceans of freedom
give me small doses of death
crush me beneath the foot of the elephant

paint me in acid
douse me in flame
love me with heartbreak
please me with pain

i am motionless
i am a snowflake
falling in denver
i am the silence
between the notes
and you cannot kill
those who refuse to die



Author: brice maiurro

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

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