SPOTLIGHT: The Early Worm Gets Eaten By The Early Bird by Andrew Arnett

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Depression

Usually, I don’t have
a problem
with it.
maybe I don’t have
time
to even think
about it.
but lately,
it’s been sneaking
around
like a cat
through the
kitchen
doorway,
or a lark
through the attic
window.

it creeps in
there
unnoticed,
on its little cat’s
paws.
you’re sipping your
morning coffee
or
waiting for the
wet clothes
to dry

or
the last hammer
to fall

on the

last nail
and suddenly,
it’s upon you
like a cold draft
whispering
nothing
but
reminding you
of

what lies
waiting
behind every
sunrise.




The Pursuit of Happiness

Happy?
I passed that exit
a few state lines
back.
this road isn’t
going
anywhere
but down.

down into
the tar pits
of La Brea

into the inkwell
of the abyss

into the underground
parking lot
of a casino hotel
in Vegas,
and I’ve lost
the ticket
out.




Loose Change

There’s a piece
missing
from the puzzle
and it’s fallen
down
the rabbit hole
with the eight-ball
and the emperor’s
loose change.
we’re taking
a dark taxis
to the riverbed
of ravens,
hanging upside
down like
bats,
waiting on the
mood swing
to hang
the picture
frame
of life
right side up
again.




Worst

They’re throwing hatchets
at us
they’re throwing Molotov
cocktails
there are missile
launchers
aimed at your head
but
the worst things
are not the
obvious things.

they are the Trojan Horse
smiles.
the battery acid sales
man with
the sugar coated
business suit
and the grenade
handshake.
the frosted chocolate
smoothie
with the
military
protein
inside.

these
are
the worst
of all.




Lost

I remember
yesterday’s
apples fallen
from the
apple tree,
now long
rotted
in the
moist
black
dirt.

I remember
its
sweet taste,
a lost song
melted
through the
cracks
of
the
hour glass.

a guitar
flapping
in the cassette
rewind.




Rabbbit

The three eyed
rabbit
stares at me
from inside its
plastic cardboard
box.
it was a Valentines
Day gift
which is now
attempting to
communicate
to me
some message
of vital
import
but
first
I need
to decipher
its plastic
abstract
code.


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