Tagged: bureacracy

“Don’t Try”

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They’ll bludgeon you for trying
rape your persistence

the only thing

to hold us down
with their nostalgia
tripping from grave to grave
watching my old friends
my lost love,
lie
waiting for death.

*The title is a quote from Charles Bukowski’s gravestone.

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Stuck in Another Shadow

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I come to realize that we’re all Matryoshka dolls doing what we can to degrade the people around us, to feel a millimeter taller than our predecessor. I suppose that’s progress: grades painted in the blood of the people, but the test was in a language we can’t read. The door is barred. We’re all tired. We want to go home. There’s no end in sight. Didn’t hear talk of an end. It just rattles misshapen and defeated as if bureaucracy were a natural state.