KILLING TIME – Stewart’s 1/23/13

There are two tables in this gas station

to drink your coffee at. Misjudging the time needed

to deposit stuff at the landfill, I’ve an hour

till my next appointment. Time to waste,

to kill. If I meditated, my extra time

could be filled spiritually. If I took a course

to change my life, I could study.

 

 

I’d talk to someone, but I’m among strangers.

The disease of the West is shame at hours

that create no profit, that can’t be billed.

Do wasted days add up to earlier death?

Nothing to do except study bags of snacks,

this long rack of packaging colors

gleaming in morning sunlight.

 

 

Splendid snacks! So many ways to use

the Earth’s bounty: Chex Mix, Munchies, Doodles,

Doritos, Tostitos, Ridgies, Kettle Chips!

Outside this building, a machine offers Free

Air! Somewhere lovers smooch and canoodle!

So what if all I do with these minutes

is drink coffee among endless snacks!

 

 

 

 

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