The lazy man writes

Sure tomorrow is coming and uncharted

but it doesn’t allow for my damaged willpower.

At least, when it comes to these sagging bones,

it is aware but just can’t bother to tell.

 

Sure I plan to do as many things as are possible

but this body will not have anything to do with that.

Then I slump down with this shapeless couch

where we can break all of our promises together

 

I’m at home alone, away from those

who would test my vows repeatedly,

who would attempt to program me

into doing something useful with my time.

 

My failures once kept me awake but no longer do.

What they lack in quality, they gain in overall climate.

So sleep has become this dry run for death.

It is totally worthless as a source for new dreams.

 

I had such great plans when I was young.

I was going to be an astronaut and a movie star.

I grew up at a time when anything was possible.

It’s a great relief that now nothing is.

 

By John Grey

 

 

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Bobbing

Ocean

I’m bobbing in blue waters,

legs kicking below,

arms paddling in place,

nostrils sucking up the salty air.

This is what it’s like to live alone.

I can choose to stay out here,

far from shore,

for as long as I like.

Or I can swim back to shore,

join the mob on the beach,

none of whom know me.

 

Eventually, it’s back to my rooms.

Here, my solitude is tested.

I’ve no ocean swell to lift me,

no warmth and light to back me up.

If I look around, there’s nobody there.

If I speak, I get no response.

Would I appreciate a pair of lips

pressing to mine?

How about a head to flop atop my shoulder?

At the beach,

there are so many ways to have a good time.

In my apartment.

I’d be happy if there was one.

I’ve been in those waters for the past year or so.

I’m still bobbing.

 

By John Grey

 

 

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Our Wakeup Call

Sheets

Waking facing each other in identical posture.

Six o’clock.

Off comes the heavy armor of sleep.

In this light,

we’re familiarly depicted.

A safe passage is assured.

 

Outside, the world is sprouting vegetation,

linking renewal

to the increase of energy in our bodies,

that not even parallel yawns

can dissipate.

 

We’re revving.

We’re reflective.

A little revered.

Somewhat propitiated.

Your hand drifts across the sheets between.

I take back yesterday’s touch,

make it the official beginning of today’s.

 

Always this pleasing balance

of body temperature and passion,

comfort and underlying order.

It doesn’t seem much

but it’s everything.

We’ve both been alone in the past.

We revel in the corrective of together.

 

By John Grey

 

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