Guilt, the gift that keeps
people in place
is often valued
as a skill
or disguised
as the unofficial
11th commandment.

Be wary of the guilter,
that person gifted
in weaving guilt
into an eternity of hells
which may be in fact
the very definition
of guilt.


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.