Slice of Life.

Slice of Life.
by Pride Ed

Cold sunlight fills my
room today. Coffee
from the night before
stains the corners of
my mouth and I
remember to fold the
laundry. I am not
missed when I touch
the same stained
white linen shirt
for an hour. But
someone said they
thought they heard
me crying from the
upstairs window.
Its lunchtime, and all I
have to eat are
complaints about what
someone else did.
I feel as though I
should pass the sugar,
but that may cause alarm.
I only touch what
I am told. I only touch
what I can control. I
think about eating the
dish soap as I show
you the contents
of my stomach
and see the surprise
on your face.
I think its
evening now.
I lose track of
everything now and then.
So forgive me when I say
I don’t remember
your name, and which
room of the house
you stay in.
Quit yelling at me
when I’m face down
in the baby’s bath
Please quit assaulting
me with IVs
every time we
take unexpected trips
to the ER.
I hate how cold hospitals
feel. They make my
nose runny.
And that doctor needs
to stop telling me
that I should go
away for a while.
What does he mean anyway?
I’m watched for
several days after.
I think they like
the way I do
the laundry now.
I cleaned out my
drawer and I
fell in love
again with my
station in life.
Its evening again,
and I can’t remember
why I was crying
at all.

2 thoughts on “Slice of Life.

  1. i like the play by play thought process covering the day giving the reader insight into the feelings of the poem’s character. i came across a Gauguin painting of a worn out couple doing farm work laying on the ground contemplating (and/or lamenting) their lot in life. It’s the kind of thing that can bring a person down whether they’re of high or low station, i can imagine. Is culture an escape from such thought or a way to see light at the end of our life tunnels? Thanks for sharing!

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