Go Back to Sleep

We gather
In the promise of later.
In cut off conversations,
We rest in the
Noise and static of machines;
Imagined stories
Distracted dreams.

But it is not rest.
Rest wouldn’t leave us so restless.
Wouldn’t force us
To pump our veins
With so many fashionable stimulants.

I don’t give a fuck about your coffee,
Your espresso,
Your soy latte,
Your Rockstar,
Your Monster,
Your ethically harvested
Pumpkin spice who gives a fuck.

Y’all we are still sleeping.
Like the walking dead,
But breathing,

When our conversations
Are filled and overflowing
Drowning in repetitive recounting
Of greed, corruption, and injustice,
With another tale of a black man
Gunned down in the street
By police
And we can’t understand why
When “#AllLivesMatter,”
And nothing changes because #NothingMatters
I know we are sleeping.

Dreaming of a world
Which bathroom you pee in
Is more important than
Looking out for your neighbor,
Loving your neighbor,
Because that shit’s too hard.

Y’all we gather,
In hives.
Isolated and conscience seared
In the promise of later,
Cut off conversations,
Hypnotized by the
Noise and static of machines;
Imagined stories,
Distracted dreams,
Unable to see we have been purposely
Put to sleep.

About St Basil Z Fish

Curator of the strange and incredibly awkward. A rambling writer with the misguided notion he has something to say. His only redeeming qualities are his wife and children.
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2 Responses to Go Back to Sleep

  1. Afrika Bohemian says:

    I really love this, our priorities are so messed up because we are suffering under mass hypnosis

    Liked by 1 person

    • Z. says:

      Thank you.

      I wish, globally, we would wake up. Put our differences aside, and love one another. From that love would spring action alight with respect, compassion, and empathy. We would see not only to the needs of ourselves, but of those around us. Dignity would be regarded to all people.

      I would’ve thought that in 2016, we would have been close to that. Instead we’re divided over foolishness. We are taking huge steps backwards. If we would wake up, maybe we could change our course before it becomes too late.


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