The monk



pious rivalry could have

ended when he almost

defied the demon

and said to the angel

“you too, beat it!”

leaving the monastery once and for all,


but the monk was afraid of

their condescending vengeance,

so he didn’t exactly defy anyone

leaving the other in agony

about his choice


years later he managed to mute both pricks;

his confessor had told him,

“when you’re quiet, everything is quiet”

and in the silence, surprise-surprise,


he could hear the footsteps of God

as he walked








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