So Smile

So Smile

A Poem by Corset

...in my peripheral
he's bloody edged under the bed
feeling life shifting along
in very long zigzag lines.

I see mothers taking old medicine
t-empty bottles toppled to their sides
drool pooled into neck crevices
withered down to the wrinkled  "Y"
between their breasts.

Old broads in leopard print bras
trying to look sexy
while the old men watch
leotard static on the yoga channel

alarm clocks ringing by the bedside
hit snooze and keep dreaming...

Tile floors tap out existence
of a quiet dog,
a neighbor puffs out his chest in
"I told you so's"
Life repeats itself
and people
get what they deserve,
Old debts return to haunt you.

but you realize this is probably

the happiest you've ever been

So content with our complacency
so you smile and hit recline
on the easy chair and
start waving that
Good Old American flag.

© 2017 Corset



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well, i think you hit the nail on the head,loved it

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Corset

3 Weeks Ago

ah thanks my friend, isn't the grass always greener?
 wordman

3 Weeks Ago

well sometimes it is and sometimes it gives a false illusion
Corset

3 Weeks Ago

so true.........................
Its a reflection of the times but not necessarily in good light! Nice work Corset

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Corset

3 Weeks Ago

Thank you Andrew, I'm glad you stopped in
I am your lover of words - my poet, and friend. I love 'good old American flag' - been trying to do something on those lines, but as you know, I can only write three poems a year! However - you have given me an idea. I love the zigzag!
-xxxxxx-

Posted 2 Months Ago


Corset

2 Months Ago

So good to have you returned to us Rosa, we are already part of a circle, we will stomp and cry, hav.. read more
This is so good and apropos on both sides of the pond. Although we wish it wasn't. The staining of our society. Trouble is it happens again and again. This is probably the happiest you've ever been.
A clear, poem of anti romance and the complacency in the fall of empire.

Posted 3 Months Ago


Corset

3 Months Ago

Thank you so much Ken, I love that pick of you!
it takes almost 50 years, I've been told, before you start to get use to life. The first 50 years your spending decomposing and spoiling the sheets
on the 30 year old Beauty Rest mattress.

There was this guy on television talking about revolution if Trump was impeached. And i'm sitting there thinking, do we Americans have the heart for revolution, what with our kids grown or in school, our mortgages under water and our waist lines liberal? So I leave the naming of this American grind to the alphabetarian's/ the poets who have, while their hair is falling out, sorted this thing out for the rest of us....I love you so much.....dana

Posted 4 Months Ago


Corset

4 Months Ago

Oh I think everyone crave a revolution on some small level in their lives to shake things up and mak.. read more
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I'm hoping if I exercise and eat right I'll never need to sign up for the old age home. And my dog (when I get one) will have a nice carpet to walk on.

Just hopeful thinking though. Old age sucks. This poem however, is a winner. Nice metaphors.

Posted 4 Months Ago


Corset

4 Months Ago

Thank you Relic
lots of great lines:
" leotard static on the yoga channel"
"Tile floors tap out existence
of a quiet dog," but this line is fantastic ..one has to pay attention to the "our" in it
"So content with our complacency" .. i am not in a place that would cause me contentment over others' complacency ..but i see where that can very tragically be the case ... fat cat on top of the world would love the status quo eh!?
i am retired ..middle class all the way ..so i saved a couple hundred dollars one month only to need 400 the next ;} .. but i did work hard and managed to retire in a place i dreamed of all my life .. a little cabin in the mountains .. and i am so content .. an earthquake would not knock me out of my chair ..and i do love our America ..in all its faults and failings ... so i love your poem for many reasons .. its sharp commentary on many levels says i!
E.



Posted 4 Months Ago


Corset

4 Months Ago

compared to many other countries and how they live i'd say yeah, even my hand to mouth existence is .. read more
Einstein Noodle

4 Months Ago

yes indeed
What a fantastic chain of thought... and truth. Whatever one's age, being unaware that time's ticking by, that adventures are being overlooked, seems to fade into the day-by-day. You've drawn such clear visuals, ' Old broads in leopard print bras ~ trying to look sexy ~ while the old men watch leotard static on the yoga channel.. '

A great piece of writing, dear friend!

Posted 4 Months Ago


we've got to be content when we have that chance because age is creeping up on us...and shall continue to do so----it will show physically and then gradually wear us down mentally.

j.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Corset

5 Months Ago

lol true dat..thank you J.
I think most of us get so content in our lives that we forget to truly live. Another great one.

Posted 5 Months Ago


Corset

5 Months Ago

Thank you R&R cowboy!

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