A Poemdog

Dogs 2011

SHORT WORK WEEK
(9/9/11)


the
four days
after a holiday
seem so
much
longer
than they
should

they morph
somehow
into four
psychotic
pseudo Mondays

four ornaments
of urgency
hanging from
a sadistic necklace
banging insistently
against the heart
in spasmodic
rhythms
of requirement

nobody's
happy

clients
coworkers
passersby
all carry
the weight
of a week
strangely intensified
by abbreviated
compression

even
the hope
of Saturday
and Sunday
becomes
somewhat diminished
by the luxury
of the long
weekend
before

we find
ourselves
inexplicably
waxing nostalgic
over the well worn
five/two format
that haunted us
in advance
of the day
off

plagued
by our little
civilized ghosts
we forget
too easily
the miracles
of good health
peace
and purpose

we pray
instead
for 5pm