I let my younger brother use my headphones, and he used them for evil.

I let my younger brother use my headphones, and he used them for evil. He listened to the
absolute worst music on the planet, and I am so ashamed. He stole me headphones’
innocence. Can I boil them in attempt to drive the evil out?
 — Yahoo inquirer

 

Water can only go so far.

 

Boil pasta. Watch as the water becomes noodly, but noodles stay noodle.

 

The best you can do is soften evil slightly. Make it vibrate to the suggestion goodness is good.

 

Plastic—from the Greek plastikos—meaning able to be shaped. Anything altered by brotherly hate can be reshaped again.

 

Dip your ears under the lake and listen; music in the unfurling of light.

Published online February 27 2020.

Angeline Schellenberg’s Tell Them It Was Mozart (Brick Books, 2016), won three Manitoba Book Awards and was a finalist for a ReLit Award for Poetry. She launched chapbooks with Dancing Girl, Kalamalka, and JackPine Presses in 2019. Her book of elegies, Fields of Light and Stone, is forthcoming with University of Alberta Press in March 2020.


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This piece was published in ‘The Lyric Issue,’ the Winter 2020 issue of CV2.

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