lounge snake

whatever poetry was in me
before
has been sucked out
by the most trivial of realities

routine

like packing a suitcase
for the holiday
that never comes
but putting aside
extra socks out of habit
eating twice
out of habit
getting mixed up right
out of habit
then back again
with a vague look
instead of sunny memories

and it makes me angry
to have years of subtle rebellion
shovelled under
by tickboxes
on sheets
and the same questions
backed with complaints
identical and spawning
endless variations
packed
behind lips
twitching with anticipation
moistened drooling
waiting dreaming
hoping for another chance
to spill out and fill the room
like a lounge snake
crooning her Blue Velvet
or Only You to a captive audience
that’s mostly figurative
now that
I’ve finally
finally switched off.

 

whatever poetry was in me

before

has been sucked out

by the most trivial of realities

routine

like packing a suitcase

for the holiday

that never comes

but putting aside

extra socks out of habit

eating twice

out of habit

getting mixed up right

out of habit

then back again

with a vague look

instead of sunny memories

and it makes me angry

to have years of subtle rebellion

shovelled under

by tickboxes

on sheets

and the same questions

backed with complaints

identical and spawning

endless variations

packed

behind lips

twitching with anticipation

moistened drooling

waiting dreaming

hoping for another chance

to spill out and fill the room

like a lounge snake

crooning her Blue Velvet

or Only You to a captive audience

that’s mostly figurative

now that

I’ve finally

finally switched off.

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