Cultivating Life

A traffic jam that spans an entire epoch

Is followed by daily punishments of

Dreary Sisyphean meanderings,IMG_2794

Followed by even more traffic

In sweltering heat and sticky humidity.

 

With all energy drained from

Lungs, limbs, and mind,

He shuffles into his house

Seeking only relief and brief reprieve.

 

As he unbuttons his soaked shirt,

“Do me,” assaults his ears

With cheerful urgency.

“My basal temperature spiked today.”

 

Probable ovulation noted,

The expectation is clear.

She lies on her back, spread eagle,

With a pillow under her hips.

 

“Can’t it wait awhile—

long enough for a shower—

long enough to freshen up?”

His pleas are unwelcome.

 

Dejected and defeated, he

Peels off and gets to work.

Somewhere, future progeny

Await their turn at being.

 

And this is how the world blooms—

Not with a bang, but a whimper—

Mechanical sex, dead eyes, routine pollination.

Worker bees serve the Queen

Of procreation with neither question nor zeal.

 

A poet, somewhere, puts down his pen,

And waits for the next fantasy to fall

Into his frail imaginary pool.

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