by Laura Doom

It started with a litany
a menu that was eating me
rationale's self-serving rhyme
another place, another breakdown
echoed fears you know you'll find
parked up in the back of my mind

Why would you settle for corporate bland
when your dreams could take flight with a peregrine band?
But none of that's up for discussion
this story board is raw percussion
bass lines pumped to fuel the farce
in cars that drive guitars
to scale the wall of broken glass

Give me something, just one thing that I can believe
some appeasement that says we deserve this reprise
even though we both know you just give to deceive

[the rutting starts here]

Same day, different list
the musings of an optimist
eleven heaven-scented shades
singing shapeshift serenades
that decorate pretension
realized by reinvention
dreamer and delusion meet
when life resolves to bitter sweet

But that's a conversation killer
fruitless fiction packed with filler
flat-line fantasies at play
in drive-by sets and jumbo jets
a future perfect yesterday

[the Buck stops here]

I think you're gonna break it
I think you're gonna take it where
I just don't wanna make it
something more
than before

I think we're gonna bail it
I think we'll call it failure
so you can screw or nail it
to the floor
like before


Author's Note: It's been awhile - no comfort in sound.
For reference/context/spurious justification:
Buck Rogers - Feeder -> Echo Park

Posted on 03/11/2022
Copyright © 2022 Laura Doom

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 03/12/22 at 05:30 AM

Love it all. I've missed your writing. Maybe why it's so good when you make it back.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/12/22 at 04:23 PM

Well, I'm with Chris. I've missed your punch and jive. Favorite line - "a future perfect yesterday." Also a killer last stanza.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 03/13/22 at 04:57 PM

Watched the video. I get the ekphrasticity but also like what you made out of it even better.

Posted by Paul Lastovica on 03/15/22 at 12:30 AM

Spotted a new Doom posting, had to log in to give ya some love. Are you on Instagram? find me @ plastovarts.

Posted by Amos Last on 03/29/22 at 09:41 PM

Great word, great write.

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