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Death by Boredom

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Breathe~
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0 posted 03-13-2000 09:12 PM       View Profile for Breathe~   Email Breathe~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Breathe~


I look at my watch and sigh
another slow day at work
and I am staring out the window
in sheer boredom

Cars idly pass by
heading to something that
HAS to be more exciting
than what I am doing

Which is merely breathing

Across the way
behind a slatted fence
a dirty yellow bulldozer
is shoving rocks around

The sounds of the copier
shuffling out 50 copies
breaks the maddening silence
and I pray to the Phone God

PLEASE make the phone ring!


My eyes wander back
out across the highway
and the bulldozer is moving
to the soft strains of Marvin Gaye

Sunplay gives the illusion of no driver
a riderless lumbering animal
pushing endless piles of stones
against a craggy mountain backdrop

I check for a dial tone

A rather unimpressive mountain actually
rising and reaching beyond my sight
it's progress cruelly blocked
by the eaves outside

A crumbling brown canvas
sporting an occasional dull bush
colorless tufts sprouting
here and there

Is anyone else alive out there?

Nondescript rocks
jut without enthusiasm
and dried weeds reign
within this barren kingdom

A rolling wad of paper
caught in a sudden gust
tumbles yellow across
an otherwise dismal setting

Taking my own pulse
I fear I have stopped breathing

The world contorts and blurs
victim of a jawbreaking yawn
merciful tears of boredom
washes the bland view from my eyes

I can't help but wonder
if I might actually DIE of boredom
and I again look at my watch
praying for 5 o'clock

Before I become a new statistic....


 I love the time
and in between
the calm inside me
in the space
where I can breathe...

Sarah McLachlan


[This message has been edited by Breathe~ (edited 03-13-2000).]
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Marge Tindal
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1 posted 03-13-2000 09:31 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Oh, Breathe~
I can relate to this one.
And somedays just move more slowly than others ... the clock notwithstanding.

Nothing more boring than watching rocks do the shuffle.

You have used some very vivid imagery in this piece.  Boring day or not ... your poetry came to life.  Not too shabby considering the material you had to work with.   This is really quite brilliant.

Hope tomorrow is bustling !
~*Marge*~


 ~*The pen of the poet never runs out of ink, as long as we breathe.*~
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Corinne
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2 posted 03-13-2000 09:38 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Time to find a new job, Breathe!

Personally, this gal would love to change places for a day.  Want to ride my rollercoaster??? (Kidding)

Great poem!

Cor
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3 posted 03-13-2000 09:42 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is great!! I especially liked how you checked the phone for a dial tone and checked your pulse!!! Your touches of levity are genius!!  

Denise
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4 posted 03-14-2000 01:21 AM       View Profile for Breathe~   Email Breathe~   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Breathe~

Marge...

I was so bored today at work..I wanted to cry... ...but tomorrow is my last day...Hehe~

Thanks..I had a lot of time on my hands...

Corrine...

I'm only a temp!  Thank goodness!  *L*

Denise...

you are so sweet!  Genius??  Not me...but thanks anyways...*HUG*


 I love the time
and in between
the calm inside me
in the space
where I can breathe...

Sarah McLachlan
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5 posted 03-14-2000 01:32 AM       View Profile for MyPenNameIsSam   Email MyPenNameIsSam   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for MyPenNameIsSam

This is wonderfully written, Breathe!  It's so perfect, it truly took me back to work-yuck.  lol    Great poem!
-molly aka sam

 "One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andre Gide

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6 posted 03-14-2000 09:05 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I can relate to days like these! LOL. This is great!  
Cerenity
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7 posted 03-14-2000 07:39 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Breathe,

You just made a bad day GREAT!!!!
I am sorry that you were board, you do great work when you are though.

I'm SMILING out of here,  Cerenity
 
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