Oh, give praise to the glory of that precious
hot black bitter poison
we just have to have in the morning!
Better than gold it is
Gets us up and going
A gift that keeps on giving
That wormy Trojan horse!
That double edged knife!
That two sided coin!
That keeps on robbing our lives and money
as we make a living!
We make it creamy
We make it sweet
To cover up that scorching bitterness?
To put a cloak over what it really does to us and our lives?
It’s the obvious truth we don’t want to see about anything that cuts us
We cover up bitterness wherever we look
We turn a blind eye to that which is actually causing our achy pains inside our heads and bodies
To our very souls
we crave the sweetness
that isn’t there
in that cup
It used to cost a nickel
You remember this if you are old enough
But, our addictions make us keep it in the budget, don’t they?
Funny how stress goes
We never felt as stressed as now
in our throes
Things were always better back in the days, my friend
Remember those days?
things did bend
not like now
They weren’t so long ago…
close to the end
Don’t you ever want to just fly away to the past and be a child again?
To go back and reclaim your lost innocence?
Do we ever question how we feel?
If and when we do, would it do us any good?
Should we even try?
Or, do we just keep drinking and drinking that sweet addiction that pumps us up?
That keeps us going strong
That keeps us restless in the dark hours of the night because all we need is one more cup
That lets us down in the middle of the day
So we crave another sip of that hot black poison
Sweet bitter life!
Sweet Bitter juice!
Gulp it down
Keep our heads to the grindstone
Produce more widgets for less and less hourly pay
So, give me more heat
Flowing down like a warming waterfall into that endless pit
Oh God, quickly give me more to fill my emptiness!
Make me better, oh Godly nectar!
Make me faster
Tape my eyelids open from drooping down so low
Keep me running on that treadmill of life like a rat in a cage
No one cares how I feel except ME
Cold cruel corporate world!
Keep me true to the rat race and kissing up to those I don’t really like!
No, never true to me as I look into that mirror in the morning and see a face so tired of being pushed around he forgets he is bullied by everything and everyone
Never question how you feel
It will only bring you down
Add a little more cream and sugar to whatever you decide to do
Wherever you are, make life taste better
Make bitterness taste even sweeter still
We keep taking that bitter pill
We keep drinking that drink
Keep smoking that smoke
It’s so easy to keep doing…
Ah, but just go ahead and try to make it all stop…
The world goes on without us no matter how we think no matter what we do with ourselves
Oh yes, you didn’t realize we were all in the same boat
A mass of faceless victims…
Listening to soundless voices
The ones who are insidiously making us hang ourselves
Slowly extending the rope to us
“Here my friend, take it,” it says so stealthily and sweet
We are the ones who slip that noose over our own heads and around our own necks…
Instead, I say to myself
“Oh, screw it!”
You dwell on things way too deeply!
What harm could one more do?
Take the sweet with the sour
Follow in everyone’s footsteps except your own and take a walk on their trodden path
Fill my endless cup up once more to the brim so it spills on my lap burning my privates
Pour me just one more so I have to run down the hall to the restroom in five minutes
And, I’ll be OK once more…
Until, I need another caffeine fix…
Wait, I hear a muffled lost voice
It speaks to me!
But, is it my own voice or something else?
I have to listen hard because I can hardly hear it
“Drink up my dearest friend,” it says
But, it’s what it doesn’t say that bothers me
It will never say
Drink up fool…
Drink up you dumb ass!
Suck it down, sucker!
No, that would make us mad…
It’s smarter than that
It’s smarter than we are
Anyway, we would only drink that much more to get even
We don’t want to be mad as hell
It’s easier to give in to it
Keep our heads down
Do what we have to do
Keep on keeping on
And, accept it simply for what it is…