Advantages by Maryann Hazen
published in Volume 6, Issue 2 on June 1st, 1999I relax so intensely, my skin snaps.
This badgering rationality is enough
to steam my eyelids. I practice
knuckle-cracking, chain smoking,
coffee drinking, pill-popping ways
to take it easy. I idle so high, I cant come
to a full stop. I could never stay
between the lines. Im the root of all evil,
yet I pump the gas. I never intended
to evolve into this jaw-clenching, nail biting,
heart breaking, ulcer-burning son-of-a-bitch.
Im totally percolated
and the pressures gonna kill me
if youre lucky.
I bake the bread of woe and lick
my fingers clean but I pay the tip, dont I?
Dont I? Im a back stabbing, nit-picking,
road-raging bully boy and I dare you,
I double-dog-dare you, to love me enough
before I explode
or very simply fall to pieces.