The POTW: Verse Til It Hurts


POTW #868
(Week of 10 August, 2014)

I took Max down to the caffeinatorium again today. We sat near the registers, so we caught snippets of lots of different conversations as people milled through. Unconsciously I began to categorize them, and I was struck by how little I heard the kind of esoteric thinky material one expects to find in a coffee shop...

Give Me Lunch

Most of what matters
Is good pancake batter
And who took the trash out
And when will it rain

Not symbolic intent
But the dog and the rent
How much money we spent
The concrete and mundane

"Small talk" they call it
All food, sex, and wallet
But those are where life is
So why the disdain?

Bigger talk is a sign
That you have too much time
That a lack of engagement
Has idled your brain

This philosophy stuff
Is irrelevant fluff
A hole in the pocket
A wasting disease

And these poem confections
All smug introspections
I'd read them more often
Were more about cheese

Copyright © 2014 by Dave Grossman

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