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"Wait a minute! Wait. I'm having a thought. Oh, yes. Oh, yes. I'm gonna have a thought. It's coming... It's gone." — Big Boy Caprice (Al Pacino), 1990's Dick Tracy


I had a thought. I won't share it with you. Not here, not elsewhere on Facebook, not in person or on an e-mail or a phone call. I won't because I had two reactions to thinking it: 1) I felt like an asshole. 2) I felt that if I posted it, the main people who would pop up to agree with me would be assholes. Assholes who I wouldn't agree with in most any other way, but who might think I agreed with them on more things.

More trouble than I wanted to deal with. So I sigh, move on, try to think better thoughts, and act on those better thoughts.

To be even more on-point, here's "Terrible Thought" by Poe:


A terrible thought has moved into my mind
Like an unwanted room-mate drunk on wine
It feeds on my happiness won't pay the rent
I must take proper measures to evict it

A terrible thought has moved into my mind
A giant rat that's nibbling on my pride
It's tearing away my patience and my wit
I must take proper measures set a trap for it

What a terrible thought

I don't care what you've done
I don't care who you've won
I know in the end you'll have your fun

But you can't have it hear
And I won't let you steer
You know I don't want you in my mind

I must stay calm you know and I must be clear
It's gonna take a hundred thoughts to make this one disappear
A train like that could travel a soul for years
A terrible thought could have a terribly long career

What minds have you shredded
I bet they regretted
Having ever thought you up
Just look at you shine
committing your crimes
You know I don't want you in my mind

'Cause you're breaking my stride
You poisonous vine
You're strangling me inside
You're breaking my stride

You poisonous vine
You're strangling me inside
You're breaking my stride

What a terrible thought...