“I need you to take back what you said before, and tell me that I’m a good person.” “…No.”

There is a cartoon
in which a horse asks a lady
who hurt him
(by looking too thoroughly
and giving an honest opinion)
if he’s a good person.
he asks her desperately,
says he needs to hear her say it
“am i a good person,
deep down, even?
anything?
I think I am, really-
can you just say it?”

and she is silent
since he’s not even
a human

and the silence
goes on
and the show ends
right before it keeps
running

but it’s such
a devastating moment
im surprised
the world doesn’t end
because of it.
im surprised my friend
makes microwaved popcorn
im surprised the TV
doesnt shut down.

a couple episodes later
the horse and the lady
resume their friendship
he says
“i guess im not a good person
and thats ok”
and she says
“i think it’s not about
who you are
not some deep down thing
but being good
is about what you do
to people”
and he says
“oh, fuck,
well then, I suck.”
and the show
keeps running
and it keeps
being funny.

and they
stay apart
but then
theres a reunion
so they remain
friends
who smoke
too much pot
together
ever after.

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