29. Stressed

HanJan with SoundCloud iOS on May 29, 2013 22:12

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    Day 28 of May Day Poetry:

    Stressed

    Step away from that word
    And what does it mean?
    Rendered obscene
    And useless by over application.
    Infiltration of corporate speech,
    Medicalised brain leeches,
    Lexicalised, brain bleached
    And a fashionable label on a jammed jar.

    Tonight the sea saw balance
    Between resources and demands
    Lays heavily spent on the right side,
    As it has these past few weeks,
    With a gradual quickening
    Of foetal force that leads to
    Remorseless thinking of the grand
    To Do list, growing in laborious pain.
    My phone a modern thumb screw of
    Texting back the tennis ball
    Over the net of petty requests and
    Haranguing demands I cannot satisfy.
    I will let someone down,
    As inevitably as my over-concern lets
    My own self down.

    All nine of Yeats’ bean rows
    Taunt as idealistic impossibility
    And the hived honey bees
    Would have me bat the air
    And run for sting shade.

    Somewhere in this, I lost my heart.
    Or it got trampled by ignorant feet,
    That needed ground too much to look down.
    I know better than rest,
    Is wholeheartedness.
    I know I left it here
    In a velvet box,
    Tied with hopeful spider silk.
    But I am too tired yet
    To take the needed breath
    Stop looking, and so to find it.

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