Laurence Overmire

Watch Winding - Poem by Laurence Overmire

I watch myself die each day
Winding 9-5
Meaning-less job
Making nonesuch for non-descripts
Dollars is as Dollars does
Check for the mortgage
Check for the car
Check to see that the check is paid
Check back to work to check it all again
Come home at last
Collapse on the sofa
Turn the boob box on
Flickering and snickering foolish little man
Munch the junk
Body trash
Slow poison
This life
To bed. To sleep. Half-wake. Again.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.
Thumpa thumpa thumpa thump
Check the heart beat
Days to months to years and then
The dreams are dust
The soul is lost
How the hell did I get to hell
So soon
Before my time?

Just watch.

(Previously published in Nuvein, Feb.2000, Issue 7; Pogonip, July 2000)

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 18, 2008

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