The curse

27 Sep

The Curse

By L. Stewart Marsden


“By the way, one doesn’t curse in or around my family.”

“Really? One doesn’t curse — what an odd expression. No one? I’ve heard you curse often.”

“Sure, but you won’t ever hear me curse around my family.”

“Absolutely no one in your family? Ever? Other than you, of course.”

“No one. Ever.”

“I’m impressed.”

“You shouldn’t be. While we don’t curse with our mouths, we find other ways that are far more effective.”

“Such as?”


“Oh, please! You can curse me with money any day you like! In fact, bury me in curses!”

“You say that now. But that isn’t how it works.”

“How does it work?”

“We accustom you to money. To its trappings, its finery — and worst of all — its expectations. You become used to exotic and sumptuous foods and drink. Clothing and jewelry grow boring. What you do and what you wear and where and with whom you go all become ridiculous and trite rote. Genuine life fades.”

“What a ghastly fate money is!”

“You don’t believe me?”

“You don’t believe it yourself. Not for one minute. Take all this away and you’d see very quickly.”

“AH! THAT’s exactly the curse! Once you are accustomed to it you worry if somehow you will lose it! Who will take my wealth away? The what-ifs haunt you throughout the night! You worry you’ll wake up and it will all be gone! Like the Prince and the Pauper! No one EVER wants to be the Pauper, do they?”

“I’m sure most don’t.”

“So there it is in a nutshell — the curse! And people like us know that. We reel others into our boats by dangling the promise of a life of riches. Get our victims off-guard and when they begin to relax and enjoy everything — BAM! We’ve got you!  And then we throw you back. Oh, god how I love it!”


“That’s why we don’t curse with our mouths. We don’t have to.”


  Copyright © by Lawrence S. Marsden, 27 September, 2015

4 Responses to “The curse”

  1. claragbush29 September 27, 2015 at 9:39 pm #

    “Don’t curse with our mouths.” Beautiful.

  2. Sharmishtha September 30, 2015 at 9:13 am #

    such a brilliant truth! I too think that giving and snatching thereafter is the worst punishment! of course if the thing brings pleasure.

    • skipmars September 30, 2015 at 9:18 am #

      Pleasure tends to be a fleeting reward that has consequences of some sort. The question is are the consequences worth the pleasure?

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