This Is Painful

Impatient hunger pangs strike- it’s the early afternoon.
Another meeting now, they’ve all been different and they’re all the same.

What would the board say? Can you read this month’s sales promotion? Did we file that insurance claim?

Noble words of changing lives and changing the world.
These come from the mouths of those sitting on a floor or in a comfy office chair.

WE CAN LIGHT THE WORLD AFIRE!

But first, we need to review the protocol that we must follow.
Remember your name-tag and remember your uniform.
Those in navy blue shorts have no place in our black pants norm.

Empty words of emptier actions,
Followed of course by self- congratulations.
High-fives.
Back-pats.
Middle-management shout-outs, a place of no doubts.
The inability to see this masturbatory procrastination.

Procrastorbation.

I don’t need a shout out, I NEED TO SHOUT OUT!
Thousands of pounds of pressure constrict my vibrating frame,
like the depths of the Ocean on one of Jacques Cousteau’s vessels.

This was written during one of these meetings.
I have to do something productive.
Leaving and never attending again is becoming more seductive.

But I’m polite- I never take my phone in, otherwise, I would text.
I only survive through daydreams of food, beer, and sex.

 

Rent

Rent music and movies with our streaming
Rent a house and rent the heating
Rent a car, rent the bar

Renting humans cannot be far
Wait.
It’s already here
You can rent a bodyguard out of fear
Or rent an escort, just hide the shame and tears

Rent a prostitute, pay to unsanctify the beauty of life
Take her to a restaurant, rent a fork and a knife

You own nothing in life but don’t owe anything in life
Pay your taxes and pay your bills, please
You are renting this life, and these are fees
Because you leave them to your children when you pass on the lease