Reincarnation*

by krstaten

*Or, “If Death Is Just A Save File”

If there’s anything I’ve learned
from video games, it’s that all things
are transient–even consequences.

For instance, in Grand Theft Auto,
if you kill a prostitute
you get your money back,
and if no one saw her die
there’s no warrant or wanted sign.

Life ends in all video games,
but it as soon restarts exactly
from where you left off.
For you, at least–other deaths
are permanent, unless that life
is needed for the main story.

Maybe in real life it’s slower.
You come back slower. You grow
again slower, take your time
getting back to where you left off,
get another chance in a new century
to make the same mistakes.

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Today’s Recommendation:

The Red Portrait by Karl Kirchwey

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