We were so ugly in our Sarasota sadness,
burned out like suburban kids' minds, wasted on
shampoo and conditioner and
cable-TV paranoia sunrise.
We had no there to go to in our big, broke-down blue-car inertia.
We were like seaweed washed-up on the side of a kidney-shaped
In our hungrier moments, when coincidence looks like chocolate,
we were seduced by the sandy waters that washed and fed
our sun-browned skins as children.
We'd spend the whole day watching Moe Paler and his big-wheelie ego
try to make the sky turn backwards, uploading his articulations.
But today it's Tequiza and A/C by the multiplex,
surrounded by moms whose fourth marriages
and stale, chlorinated hearts keep time
with the sequestered wisdom of FM radio.
Earlier this week, I took a walk on the shoulder of the afterlife's
straight, long highway. There were a lot of junked-up dreamers
waiting outside gas stations along the way.
A dollar in the vending machine doesn't mean you get
your m&ms or your wish. Sometimes you have to kick it.
But I've got better things to imagine than that.
Another year of probation and the whole thrash-core
strip-mall universe is mine again,
minus the job at Appliance World.
I'd tell you more, but there are certain tropes I can do without.