Another Day at the Office

Violence runs in the family as thick as the blood in our veins. Christmas eve and we shared the only presents we had to offer, and for the rest of the holiday I was nursing broken fingers and a busted cheek bone.
After a while the tears just turn to dust and the screams stop echoing in your head. Brutality is always consistent. Always true. Fear is something that can be over come. Fear is most potent when you’ve got something to lose. Conquer fear and you conquer yourself. Only then are you truly free. Accept death, the inevitable end. Accept your fate.
Violence is never the answer. It is the question, and the answer is yes. Violence solves everything.
My father beat my mother daily. My brother beat my sister and I every other day. My mother punished my brother by stabbing him through the webbing between his thumb and index finger with a pair of scissors. Violence begets violence. Cruelty, like shit, runs downhill. I slapped my sister across the face while she slept because she was the only girl in our family. I slapped her because she loved my brother more than me. I slapped her because I could. If I could kill anyone in the world I would murder my family. Any of them. All of them.
I don’t like people looking at me too long, and if they do, I imagine them being brutalized in hundreds of ways with varying degrees of viciousness.
I’m that guy. The quiet one in the corner.
I’m the guy you would never look twice at. I’m the reason your cat went missing. I’m the guy that teaches barking dogs a thing or two.
I’m your neighbour.
I’m your work mate.
Your blind date.
These days pain is just another day at the office.

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No, this isn’t me. But it goes to show, you never know who is sitting next to you on the bus…


  • BigPauly79
    BigPauly79over 4 years ago

    Its true once you conquer your fear nothing else has consiquence… nice write

  • Thanks man. Glad you liked it :)

    – Wordslinger

  • Teacup
    Teacupover 4 years ago

    oooh, so how do we really know it isn’t you!!! as you say, your never know who you are sitting next to on the bus! lol…. so true – do we ever know! the cycle continues…. great write, glad to see you back.. x

  • Thanks again TC :)

    – Wordslinger

  • Trenchtownrock
    Trenchtownrockover 4 years ago

    Brother you have written this truth so well..yes the world is dark at times and the pain is so real..good work mate.

  • I know man, kind of sad too. Thanks brother.

    – Wordslinger

  • Pagly4u
    Pagly4uover 4 years ago

    And people reading this will never know just how TRUE it is……….a Very Well written piece….
    Thank you….

  • hey Pagly thanks for compliments :) much appreciated.

    – Wordslinger

  • S .
    S .over 4 years ago

    Violence is never the answer. It is the question, and the answer is yes.
    those words sent a chill up my spine
    not sure whether to congrat u on this or run for safety
    nice work mate well done

  • Man I get chills re-reading it. I don’t know what I was channelling there but it was something nasty. Thanks Bro.

    – Wordslinger

  • Naylor
    Naylorover 4 years ago

    OOOOOOOOOOOO THIS is intense !!!!
    This is so true …. You never really know anyone .. you may think you do , convince yourself your do but truth is … just like you said … YOU DONT and that is just plain scary !!!!
    As much as this makes my heart pound and skin crawl I am wanting to read MORE lol …. GREAT work !!!! ((((((HUG))))))))

  • Wow Naylor, thanks so much for the hug :) Yeah there is some creepy shit lurking in some peoples heads. C-R-E-E-P-Y.

    – Wordslinger

  • mohawk man
    mohawk manover 4 years ago

    excellent write mr. slingmaster! i was screaming at a guy in traffic one day when my buddy says " dude, you cant just yell at people like that anymore; don’t you watch the news?" to which i replied " frank; i’m the motherfucker they’re trying to warn people about". he never tried to stop me again!

  • Paul Hickson
    Paul Hicksonover 1 year ago

    Wow I think this just might be one of the most memorable pieces I’ve read on Redbubble! I got chills reading it!! awesome work man!!

  • Cheers man. Yeah, it’s pretty dark. And there are psychos out there like this too. Unbelievable.

    – Wordslinger

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