Divinity through the Ages
What would you do with unlimited power?
Deny humanity fire. Gift them death
in a woman’s curves. Demand your fave kill their child
to honor your name. Destroy a town with fire. Destroy
the world with water. Promise it won’t happen again—
next time it’ll be war, pestilence, famine, and death.
Enslave a people. Actually? Enslave a lot of people(s).
Start wars. Sink a city. Destroy the opposition.
If that doesn’t work, chain them to a rock
and send eagles to devour their organs. Impregnate
a 13-year-old girl with a son you’ll publicly torture to death.
Give birth to an eight-legged horse. Find one person, one
who might love you best of anyone in the world, and
methodically rob them of everything to see if their love
goes deep enough for your liking. Murder everyone.
Michelle Vider is based in Philadelphia. Her work has appeared in The Toast, The Rumpus, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Atlas and Alice, and elsewhere. Find her at michellevider.com.