Cain and Abel

Cain needed his brother Abel
To be the younger one
The follower
The inferior one.
We know this because
The rage with which
Cain assaulted his brother
Was not born out of offence
Or some act of insubordination
Or some terrible lapse of character
On the part of Abel,
But because of Abel’s success.
And so Cain killed him
To put him in his place.
For those that need
Others to be inferior
In order to feel prosperous,
Those that form
Symbiotic relationships
With the dysfunction of others
Actually need the very stereotypes
They roll their eyes at
To be true,
Because the alternative is unacceptable.
I mean, who would they be
Without someone to be superior to?

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