Solely to Release Anger by Bogdan Dragos

A black haired man with red evil eyes holding a knife pointing downwards in clasped hands against a black background
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lots of negative weather forecasts

lately but

the park was still full

He folded the newspaper and

looked to the next

bench where some old man was begging

his caretakers to take him


He cried that his hemorrhoids

were killing him

Far into the distance children

were screaming

the kind of screams that make it difficult

to tell whether they’re having

fun or being slaughtered

On the front page of the paper

there was some

article about a recent murder. Some

monster stabbed a kid to death

in a park much like

this one

and everybody was

in uproar

And he fished into his pocket for

a cigarette

and then for the lighter

and smiled at their concerns. It was the

smile of someone who got away

with murder and he stretched it because he’d

gotten away with murder

Many years ago

Far abroad

Into the enemy country

There was a kid much like the one described

in the news article

and the little shit tried to sneak

past their camp and make a delivery

to the enemy

Sure the enemy were just

using him

as they used others

but as luck would have it

he got caught

and the soldiers were mad at him

The kid probably apologized but no one

could understand his language

so they gutted him

solely for the purpose of releasing anger

and frustration

It didn’t work

And the memory was still spinning around

in their heads. At least in

those heads that survived

But only one of them

could smile at it


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. ♪(๑ᴖ◡ᴖ๑)♪
    Audio reading here:

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  2. sereichert says:

    Powerful, holy shit… my minds going to be stuck on this one for a while

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    1. (ㅅ´ ˘ `) My goodness! I’m really, really glad to hear that, Sarah! Really made my day 🙂

      Thanks! ´・ᴗ・ `

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  3. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan reveals the justification so many assign to their wrongdoings. Violence could range from a verbal attack to a slap to full blown murder. Is anger an excuse for causing harm to another? And like the protagonist horrifically mentions – it hardly relieves the frustration inside one. Watch out for people who may appear harmless but what simmers inside them could be worse than the Devil’s doings.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. ( * ̄O ̄)ノ Thank you!

      It’s… well, interesting to get inside the head of one who returned to what we call ‘normal life’ after a few years of living in conditions we wouldn’t even dream of (in nightmares…).

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    2. haoyando says:

      So true. What simmers inside can be deadline. Sometimes people refuse to acknowledge their own pent up feelings–whatever it is–and they end up explode unexpectedly and uncontrollably.

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  4. Fantastic to hear you read it (I hadn’t heard you read before). It’s a lot more deliberate than what I hitherto heard in my head! I’m a fan!

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    1. (つ✧ω✧)つ Really glad to hear that, Bruce! BIG THANKS!! 🙂

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  5. byngnigel says:

    Not many readjust successfully after returning from tours of duty. Not sure if he did either. But I love his darkness. And his contentment with it. Good stuff as always Bogdan. Enjoyed the narration as well.

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    1. Yeah, few things change a man’s soul like the horrors of war… (҂◡_◡)

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  6. jonicaggiano says:

    Dragos, I loved the narration. What a great voice you have! I have never thought I could survive the things that come to mind when someone reads this story, yet I have survived some pretty crazy things. Unfortunately, I believe that evil is real in our world, and what you just described was true evil, so for me, the story shows the difference between the person who has had to do awful things and the people who are just evil and enjoy it. Hope you are having a great week. You truly manage to make one look at the different kinds of horror in this world and that is a good thing because we should never forget it. People like to forget about the evil that happens everyday in this world we live in now on earth but to ignore it is the worse of two evils. Great story Dragos. Blessings, Joni

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    1. (っ・ω・)っ ≡≡≡☆Thank you, Joni!

      True evil exists in this world for sure, but it always stems from people’s ignorance. Now, the best thing to do with those people is to reeducate them by presenting them the good in the world, even forgiveness.
      The second best thing is… to just study them and learn not not to be like them. To not be like those who’ve hurt you (and/or others) is a win in itself when it comes to living life.
      ( ..•˘___˘• .. )

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        You are so right my kind friend. You are so welcome. We must never spread the hate. 🌹🦋 Blessings my friend. 🦋

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