i knock the last of my iced coffee back

like it’s a whiskey shot

grimace at the bitter taste of the brew

diluted with coconut almond milk

i got a lot to get done today

and so i toss a chaser of water down my gullet

not even bothering to swish my teeth

this is what life has come to

i have a flashback from my youth

listening to jethro tull because it was cool

to like bands from my parents’ childhood

when i was only thirteen

and in the throes of pre-self-discovery

i didn’t really understand the lyrics

like i didn’t understand

what life would come to

i know i have to pull myself together

but ian anderson’s flute is calling me

it was never my favorite music, still isn’t,

but somehow it’s chained me to this reverie

and so i sit here, putting off the inevitable

the cycles of day and night and

i can see with clarity

what life has come to

and it mixes with the rasp of aqualung

i know why escape is written in indelible ink

on the corner of every page i turn

every digital display on every appliance

on every piece of clothing washer bound

every floor i wash hoping to scour away

the overwhelming desire to go back

and change the course of life’s coming

©mariah voutilainen 2018

you can find further momentary escapes from life’s mundanities at (re)imagining the mundane.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. David Redpath says:

    Sitting on a park bench
    watching life slip by ….
    Always in one direction.
    Mariah, likewise,
    as always,
    wonderfully written.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. hupsutupsu says:

      thank you, david. it’s cliched, but true…music is the soundtrack by which many of us make our memories of the past and dreams of the future…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. hupsutupsu says:

    Reblogged this on (re)imagining the mundane and commented:

    …some of us practice daily escapism, and some of us write poetry about it. here’s my latest post to the Literati Mafia collective.


  3. the pretty poems says:

    Coconut almond milk ☺️💕

    Liked by 1 person

    1. hupsutupsu says:

      such an everyday thing, right? but yet, one can get stuck in the enjoyment of simple things…

      Liked by 1 person

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