“Someone” needs to unplug my brain
or allow me to be in a space
where I can play with it
like a cat with yarn.
But I’ve never been much of a cat person.
I like dogs for their bliss
and birds for their flight and paranoia.
It’s true what they say, a job,
at least any old job is a trap,
and 9 to 5 is man made
and wrapped in barbed,
that zap you awake
but not wide enough.
And sometimes you forget the way
your throat tends to move
when it’s fed words.
And that “someone” is me, right?
Except that someone seems so strange
to me right now.
So hidden, creepy-crawly,
I never thought words
could make an enemy of me.
They were supposed to be
flutters of light.
This was supposed to come with sprinkles,
and the icing is dry.
And sure, I have secrets that paralyze me,
play me dead,
but it’s the open-ended questions
that consume me.
kind of symptoms that come
with hearty pep talks.
But not only music.
Lose yourself in everything?
What kind of advice is that
for people who choose to be planted
in perfectly pleasant pleasantries?
Oh, but there’s so much more,
they say with their dewy eyes
that are so easy to get lost in.
You know the flower children I speak of,
they grab your hand and drag you
through a row of sunflowers
drinking sun in the wind.
You tell them it’s getting late,
and you have to get back.
I love and hate them
for clasping the galaxies
swimming around their heads
and daring them to jump.