Which is more unpleasant?

Which is more unpleasant

an Americano without body

a meal without taste

an apple rotten to the core

a woman who’s never cried

a man afraid to try

a child you can’t distract

a secret smashed to smithereens

a dream turned sour

a faith unfounded

howls of slaughtered daisies

weeping willows in drought

the last gasp of an olive tree

a whale beached on barnacles

the last dodo dying in chains

an island of plastic reproducing

a dog that will not walk

a cat that cannot purr

an elephant on crutches

fifteen years of carbuncles

sixteen decades in a black hole

seventeen centuries without a change in the weather.

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Paul O'Mahony

I'm Paul O'Mahony (Poet). On Twitter you can reach me @Omaniblog A father. I work as business storytelling consultant - Podcaster - Blogger - Live streamer via Periscope - Foodie - I love to connect with people. . Live in Glanmire, Cork Ireland Europe linkedin.com/in/paulhomahony

2 thoughts on “Which is more unpleasant?”

  1. This provides a confounding cognitive dissonance as between my sense that I am not meant to choose and the impossibility of not weighing the options and choosing. I DO have an answer to this probably unanswerable question. It boils down to the whale and the Dodo for me – is the whale already dead? If so, I choose the Dodo, whose suffering is ongoing; if not, I yet choose the Dodo, whose suffering is ongoing, but whose manner of death is unnatural, so more difficult to accept. You see it’s as though the poem demands that I not answer even as the question demands that I do.


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