Poem of the week: 5

So this week’s P.O.W. is one that I wrote over the weekend when I went to a Poetry Workshop hosted by SlamCharlotte. It was a lot of fun, I learned some cool performance techniques and at the end we wrote a poem using nine random words. Those words were: Stop/Chair/Bologna/Jingle/Rock/Tablet/Gritty/Dysfunctional/Cake
Here’s what I came up with:

The clock doesn’t stop when you need it too
It keeps ticking time, passing by
Spring melding into summer, fall then winter
Jingle bell rock blaring through the speakers
Of every sound system in the country.

We never learned how to slow time to a crawl
To savor the moments that finally lack
The norm of dysfunctional chaos.

Some swallow a tablet or two a day
Just to make time elude them completely
As if the gritty residue left behind
On their tongues will magically save them.

Minds spinning them round and round
Because they’re medicating the minutes away
So much so that it is dizzying
But there is no chair around to keep them
From hitting rock bottom.

Time does that to you sometimes
Flying by months so quickly you can still
Taste the remnants of  last years birthday cake
In your exhales.

It never stops when you need it too.
Never speeds up when you beg.

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2 thoughts on “Poem of the week: 5

  1. It’s a good poem, esp. given the constraints. You’re talking through a problem: how exactly do we deal with time’s incessant ticking? You then meditate briefly on those who use drugs to literally alter perception: can they avoid time? But your second-to-last stanza, which I think is your best, doesn’t need to fit in with much of what’s come before. What if nostalgia is a remnant of a taste? Not something we had, but something we thought we had even then?

    I’d recommend further exploration.

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