Wednesday, March 02, 2011

256 the End

I wrote this poem earlier this week while I was reading Wired magazine and waiting for my Dad to come out of surgery, which is only the inspiration... the emotion in the poem comes from the idea that too much of a good thing can be too much of that thing--and that if we sit comfortably for too long, then we may sit comfortably for the rest of our lives.

leather chair.Image by gematrium via FlickrWaiting for the man--
Long past his high-scoring days--
To get up from his winged chair
The clock no longer ticks
The room wears a living sash--
Ghosts of ethnicity's chameleon--
Dressed over a television
That repeats the sound
Of Pac's opening act
With each quarter they meet

An endless plume wafts
From a leather-caged pyre
As teeth chatter relentlessly
At an end table of expired pellets
Just out of reach
Ice meets a warm demise
In a untouched glass
That waits for an intermission--
Oak-aged water for the thirsty beast--
That comes only with death
No one lives through 256.
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