Days Are Slow

from Our Undivided Attention by Benchmarks



my father told me son there will be times
when you won't get your way
the die won't roll, the chips won't fall
the cookie it just disintegrates
I could read the subtext
it was written on his face

when I was younger I could lie in bed
and sleep until daylight
but now I lie awake instead
eyes wide and staring at the lines
on the page and in my skin
what was once can never be again

bubbling up and sinking in
it's getting underneath my skin
losing light but saving face
I'm running marathons in place

I'll grow old and learn the art of
gracefully falling apart
and standing still with dignity
while branches are cut from my tree


from Our Undivided Attention, released March 24, 2017


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