"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


An Apology for the Devil

An Apology for the Devil

It must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case.
God has written all the books.
- Samuel Butler

Lucifer didn't fall from heaven,
he jumped.
Left a party
that drags on forever,
where everyone is too
brightly lit,

The devil isn't pushing sin,
he's a realist.
The angel of the people
living down here
in the pit
with us.

God's crib is uptown
in a gated community,
with miracles abridged
to football scores and lottery numbers,
from the man who brought you the burning bush
and parting of the red sea.

His special effects are dated,
showing the clumsy art
of the human hand.
Evolution, a side effect
of adding spice
to vanilla utopia.

Ooze
turns to fin
turns to leg
turns to electric guitar
by then it's too late.
Civilization has run amok in the doll house.

The devil shows up
at least
to sign some papers.


Ricardo Zegri is a writer and musician with a deep affection for beer and burritos. His work has appeared in The Welter Literary Journal, Paragon Press, Rum Punch Press, The Esthetic Apostle, Mind Equals Blown, and various other coffee stained zines. He lives in Vallejo, California with his wife, daughter, and a pile of animals.

Cover photo by David Rodrigo on Unsplash

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