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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT



The story has been told before...
our intrepid host stops the film
described as a dream of dark 
and troubled things
for lively discussion with experts.

Essential questions we ask about life

while confronting truths
that didn't fit in with our holiday schedules.

When all hell breaks loose

as the Reptilians in the balcony
begin to shout: Bring on the crazy cat clips!

A hush falls over the assemblage

as the Lizard King's voice 
reverberates through the hall: 

Life, as you know it, is a dirty fairy tale...bittersweet at best...when our time comes, we'll drive electric cars, support compassionate causes, abolish pay toilets, and live in elaborate 
communal herpetariums! 

You grieve for irretrievable things

your whole lives long
then wax philosophical
uselessly
in a joint like this 
when that's really the long 
and the short of it

Then slowly, one by one,

as the realization sinks in,
the peeps begin to rise
and file out of the theater
in a sad and dejected looking way
as a series of crazy cat videos
seemingly endless
careen across the screen
for those still insisting upon
their full money's worth.
  


16 comments:

  1. It's easier to get into faux philosophical debates and watch crazy cat videos rather than deal with pesky truths. That's why Facebook was invented.

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    1. Facebook is one big repository of "alternative facts"--lol Thanks, Rommy!

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  2. One can only hope that not everyone would be distracted by cats...

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    1. We need to watch to get prepared for the coming CAT-ASTROPHY :)

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  3. We are definitely not getting our money's worth these days. But the Reptilians are raking it in! I always love reading you, Tim.

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    1. And I always love hearing from you, Sherry!

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  4. I feel that cat videos numb me to the point that I can survive reality.

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  5. I like cat videos, but prefer their numbing in the privacy of my seclusion.

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    1. I understand...crazy cat videos can be a highly personal and emotional experience!

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  6. Don't need cat videos cuz I have Theo ... Don't need to watch TED talks essential questions and answers cuz I have Theo ... Don't need to shiver in this emotional ice age social media circus cuz I have Theo ... Smiles and purrs, AZ friend ... Love, cat.

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    1. Those "cat" videos would be of U anyway...so let's watch them :)

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  7. I grieve for irretrievable things....there are too many of them
    a movie that I don't fall asleep in
    new literature that I don't fall asleep on
    properly marinated sicilian olives
    real french mayonnaise
    brown paper parcels
    people who like to daydream
    drink tea talk and smell the roses

    are some of the many

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    1. "These are a few of my favorite things." Hey, I could have written that...if I just had those things, I think I'd be happy. Simple pleasures. Is that too much to ask???

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  8. Sigh.. I believe we do 'grieve for irretrievable things' in life.. sometimes its hard to let go.. but we must! Beautifully penned.

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  9. for those still insisting upon
    their full money's worth.

    Life is supposed to be taken as it comes and one is not expected to demand but to adjust accordingly! Very true Timoteo!

    Hank

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