I always thought @strictlyquadrilateral’s “the light that cleanses also burns” reads like a dramatic prophecy of doom, because I like dramatic prophecies of doom. But on second thought it might land better as an incongruously upbeat children’s rhyme. So, how do you read it?

This poem should sound like:



#poetry #that poem is incredible and I *would* reblog it except that that would involve putting OP on my blog #discourse cw? #this post was queued because my to-reblog list is too long and I didn’t want to dump it on you all at once

{{“the light that cleanses also burns”, by strictlyquadrilateral, in response to people calling for the censorship of AO3:

the light that cleanses also burns!
the torch to wildfire turns
and eats the hand that holds the wood!
it is what’s pure! it is what’s good!
it is what burns away the dark!
the shadows dim and shadows stark
can shelter none from endless light!
it is what’s good! it is what’s right!
it is what takes your tongue and throat
for each and every sunny note!
you are on the pyre you made!
look up, you fool! and be afraid!}}

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