just stop

there must be

something

important enough

to stop everything for

 

to call out for

walk out for

lay down for

stand up for

disobey for

serve time for

starve for

suffer for

die for

 

but the bills to pay

credit score noose

job insecurity

desire to have some

comfort

is enticing enough

to do nothing

 

but

surely there must be

something

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uncomfortably numb

it flies past me,

it all flies past.

surfing through violence,

let’s get to the good stuff.

just forget about the rest.

it flies past me,

it all flies past.

something sticks inside my guts,

then wrenches like a knife pulled out.

i click on to the good stuff.

it flies past me,

it all flies past.

driving to work i notice

everyone is going the same direction.

looking out the window, i see our flag

drooping at half mast.

it flies past me,

it all flies past.