Thursday, May 30, 2024


That scratch 
inside your cornea; 

those pimples 
you deplore; 

the stiffness in your hips 
which you 
stoically ignore—it's like, 

long ago, 
your whole life
was a sweepstakes, 

a grand prize 
which you casually 
entered into the drawing for 

and were 
ceremoniously awarded;
but now, 

all the glamour 
and excitement 
have subsided, 

and you realize 
to your horror, 

just how hard 
you have to toil 

day after 
onerous day, just 
to afford it.