Aphelion Issue 289, Volume 27
November 2023
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The Nature of Evil

by Jean Jones

"Always remember Frodo, the Ring is trying to get back to its master. It wants to be found."
Gandalf, The Fellowship of the Ring

The reason the police always
Try to get a Confession
Is because Evil wants to confess-
Like the Ring of Sauron
Evil wants to be found;
Evil wants to be caught.
Serial killers want to
Boast of their crimes to someone,
And like the narrator of
"The Tell Tale Heart,"
Most of us can't
Stomach the guilt-

© 2022 Jean Jones

Jean Jones graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing in poetry and has been published online in Aphelion Webzine and Medusas Kitchen

Find more by Jean Jones in the Author Index.