You blink and it’s gone

an entire decade, gone

gone like a goodbye


so too a hello

in a cafe basement, with

strong coffee, long gone


caffeine jitters, gone

mix tapes and letters, all gone

buried somewhere deep


beneath scars and brain

cells killed at shitty dive bars,

long dead but still there


and the film still plays

somewhere in the universe

but one night only


no dress rehearsal

no encore, no off Broadway

memories show up


but never on time

and they always fade away

and the jukebox plays


depressing songs, on

and on and on and on, and

then the music’s gone


but you’re left humming

and there’s no more mind-numbing

no more ways to stop


the band, and you’re lost

adrift in the universe

paddling away


from land because this

is home, these planets, these stars

and then you breathe deep


and you’re jolted out

of sleep, and awake now you

can still hear music


can still hear the waves

crashing in the distance, can

still hear the sound


of that empty mug

being set down on that old

coffee-stained table







About soitgoes1984

I live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean in the Hawaiian Kingdom which is currently illegally occupied by the American government and military. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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