You have to be good to get into heaven,
abiding by a list of inflexible
commandments carved in stone.

Fortunately the Devil ain’t so picky.
There are no restrictions
to gain entry into Hell.

Just an insatiable need
to throw anyone under a bus
without remorse

between the hours
of 9 AM any day
to eternity.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column now appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.

“We Are Here” is the title of Janet’s art exhibit celebrating Black History Month. It is currently on display at the Connololy Library located on 433 Centre Street in Jamaica Plain.