Dogs 2014

REAL TIME
(4/3/14)


all of the sudden
life is taking
huge chunks of flesh
out of my ass

I seem stalked
relentlessly
each day
throughout my itinerary

what happened
to the simple ease
and comfort
of youth?

that huge
cushion of years
allowing meanderings
from strife
and responsibility?

now
every waking
moment
involves a struggle
to keep ahead
of a rapidly
approaching death

the gamble
and joy
are gone

hard work
and clean living
haven't provided
any great
advantage

I see those
my age
hardly working

hardly caring

but living
seemingly
carefree existences

the slackers
always appeared
the fools
but now they
are the only
ones
laughing

they have
money

affordable
health care

all apparently
without jobs

or at best
with minimally employed
positions

all subsidized
by drones
like me

as I begin
another
6o hour
workweek

I feel old

used up

and wonder
if it's too late
to buy
a case of beer

to let
the job

the wife

and the mortgage
all go

to sigh
and to say
to Hell with it
for today

tomorrow
will come
regardless