it off and switch it back on,
life is
chemical distortions and they won’t
last too long.

How long can long be?
someone asked
as if I knew,
but I said,

nothing’s as tidy and nothing so sweet
as short is and neat
which is too short to be long,
I hope that I’m wrong.

He prays for absolution,
but settles for alcohol,
they both have that
numbing effect.

Hooked up to the diodes at
the crossroads turning right,
ramping up the amperes and
bouncing off the light,

It feels that way for most of the way
perhaps one day

© 2019, John Smallshaw.