Monday, May 2, 2011

Unemployed and Exhausted

after a month and half of sleeping past eleven
playing video games until thumbs and eyes hurt
shaving only in patches and showering weekly
he was exhausted and pungent

in a pair of over-sized gym shorts
flip-flops and a Seahawk jersey
he reflects on unemployment:

it's not as easy as people picture
takes extraordinary effort of will
to ignore the bills on the coffee table
and concentrate on Mario Kart
filling out a single application
becomes a day-long project

thrusting his palm
into his eye-socket
rubbing it around
then staring out the window
he says, in half-disbelief:

I need a vacation.

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