a formidable enemy

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Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.
Stephen King

You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.
Winston Churchill

Batman: Then why do you want to kill me?
The Joker: [laughs] I don't want to kill you! What would I do without you? Go back to ripping off mob dealers? No, no, NO! No. You... you... complete me.
Batman: You're garbage who kills for money.
The Joker: Don't talk like one of them. You're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve.

-taken from the film, “The Dark Knight” (2008)

Submitted: February 20, 2012

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Submitted: February 20, 2012



an enemy who has stuck with you since the day you

met them

is a commendable one,

for it is they that have stayed constant & strong

when others have come & gone

it is them that have paid attention, read all your work,

seen all your films,

observed all your paintings, heard everything that

came out of your mouth

(and thought long & hard about it), laboriously

monitored all your actions &

dreamt up new & interesting ways to

fuck you over,

all day,

every day,

spiraling out into infinity &


that is something that you just can’t buy,

you can’t sell on ebay &

you sure as hell wouldn’t give up

for a week in the bahamas

or a winter lodge in aspen.


a formidable enemy is more like you than you realize,

because they understand exactly where you are & at

the crossroads,

choose to go left,

instead of right or

right when you go left---

either way, they may use every itty bit of the hate that

they can muster in their arsenal to

do their best to destroy you,

or they might just dream of your death in a lingering


while playing with their sautéed vegetables

while out to dinner with their main squeeze.


most of all,

this enemy,

of which you have the greatest admiration,

will ultimately outlive you

(be it physically, or having passed on their hatred of

you to others who now have come to hate you as

well, having studied under this genius),

and for that, you are eternally indebted to them,

because it is the enemy, so strong & so determined to

stop you,

which provokes you & forces you to use your built


reservoir of anger

in the most efficacious way possible.




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