Monday, May 29, 2017

alienation, inc

the straw man cometh
getting on the last car
of the last train of the day
he should     but takes no responsibility
for anything after that
rolling past the vacant lots
empty crane runways
a corrugated steel world
whose destiny was hand written
on phony ledgers
by bamboozling
get-rich-quick schemers

but it's not the straw man
     to blame
he just wants to get home
eat a quiet dinner
with his wife and one point seven
and then ruminate with a bottle of whiskey
over the life he never had

--- e b bortz

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