On judging, rationalizing, and choosing
|This is how we weigh things:
How is an orange like an apple?
Sweet, but not crisp. Warm-hued,
but not red.
Both are delicious and desirable.
Neither is preferred
to a chocolate chip cookie.
But we already know what we want
before the weighing begins.
We scavenge reasons later,
because no one is the villain in his own story—
vicious dictators are visionary,
abusive parents are over-tired,
acid-tongued friends are just being honest,
Lucifer was really the shining one,
a morning star who only fell because
he lost his footing and anyway
somebody pushed him out of his place.