The days are long
The hours short
The days are long
The hours short
How soon I forget
The world I’m in
She walks in
To smoke and shadows
She has everything I could ever want
And then some
Fire and rain
My eyes have always followed her across the room
You should see the way she moves
I knew when she walked in
I would miss her
This house just isn’t the same
I reach out
But she’s long long gone
Now the moon plays the blues
I watch the sky run
Like a formula one engine
Soon it’s going to storm
And she’s just like that kind of energy
Building up in the sun
She’s everything I would ever need
The only thing I believe
All it takes is a touch
And the sky rains
I woke up
Trying to write again
The streets are silent
The talk is on the inside
It’s all the same lines
everyone smiles at the table
Drink in their hand
We’re all real good liars
Does the future look good?
And we saw the signs on the interstate
We saw the signs but we didn’t mark the time
We keep waiting for music to save itself
But we’d have to touch something that makes emotion
And we’re still numb from the great promotion
It would take a sound
only your gut could understand
What happened to soul ?
I took a walk
My shoes wear down from the unpaved road,
The humidity is so thick, sometimes I feel like I could cut it with a butter knife
I try to write,
But my word document keeps freezing,
So I break out a note pad, you know the ones, paper, pens,
I transfer it to a typewriter
Now I can mail it to the Paris Review
Turn on the radio –
I don’t recognize anything I hear
I don’t relate
What happened to soul?
They say Blues won’t pay your bills
But Blues is the only thing that knows the way I feel
This is a mill town
But the mills are all gone
Does that make this a ghost town?
I like old things
I don’t know how to change
When was the last time you heard a sound
That took you by surprise ?
When was the last time you read something that opened your eyes?
I dress everyday
I Pour wine and coffee
When I write
I have to take myself seriously
Get up off the floor
No one else is going to make you-
Sometimes it takes the change
But one of these days
You’re going to have to start again
Simon: I’m telling you one day they will answer and it will be awesome and you will regret everything.
Ethan: O.k. I’ll do it. But Dogue is not a thing.
Simon: Rock stars…
Simon: Now take some trash and throw it around.
Ethan:I’m going with a hard no on that one.
Simon: Trash is the best thing in the world , Dad.
Ethan: So, How are my guys, what did you do today?
Garf: Well, first I got up and moved my blanket. Then I got it just right but I was tired again, so I took a nap.
Simon: I ate some breakfast, took a nap, drank some water.
Ethan: Don’t you guys DO anything?
Garf: Oh I got in the bathroom trash! Does that count ?
Garf: Before you get mad, I can negotiate, I have an embarrassing Christmas time photo of another puppy dog…
Simon: He’s lying dad! Don’t listen to him…pictures aren’t real…Look at me dad. Look at me.
Garf: Then what are these!!!
Ethan: WOW, o.k. Well, first. This is only one photo…so…there’s that. Second, this is awesome. Garfunkel, You’re free to go. The court thanks you.
Wake to the news
All of my people look the same
We are all
just badly dressed
Sara is still depressed
Johnny’s at the bar again
Talkin’ about the government
Saw you online again
Spreadin’ your intelligence
What’s anybody got to say?
We just sound the same
Isn’t it a cryin’ shame
We all got caught in the pouring rain
Jessie’s got her pregnant
Can’t even pay rent
We all know better
We’re all living well
Until we miss a pay check
Then we’re all screwed to hell
Aaron’s in the bathroom
How long was the war again?
Did it ever really end?
Who can tell
The weather man shot that cloud to hell
When he took the draft away
Now there’s no overcast
And they killed the war machine
Or did it just switch garage again
keep working on the change
Staying off the chain gang
They’ll overlook the needle
And throw you away for a leaf
Even if you get free, you’ll never pay the fees
Look out soul
What’s happened to rockin’ roll…
Forget about the cards you’re dealt
There’s no guarantee
Keep your head down
Even when you have a good hand
We all know someone who lost his house back then
History makes a repeat
We’ll all skip a beat
We don’t work like we used to
What on earth will they ever do
Storm’s on the horizon
How’re you gonna make it?
What if you create it…
That’s what it is right?
You sit down
Have a conversation with your partner
Do we want more than just these pets?
Do we want a person?
It’s not like baking a cake you know…
This will be with you for 18 to LIFE…
Some of us grow up and move out
Like “see ya only on occasional Holidays.”
Others are eating all of your favorite retirement cereal
And recording over your TiVo.
Changing your Netflix password
Still living in your home,
Mixing their dirty clothes with yours.
Family planning is a real commitment.
Not one to be made in the heat of the passions sparked from cancelling plans.
Because that’s a serious thing. Once you’re an adult you realize you can stay home and drink
And cook together
And have hot sex
And just watch television together
You know what would change that?
A couple of kids.
A couple of thirty somethings…
We’ve had the discussion many times
We decided against children
Between my Crohn’s disease
And my wife’s
I don’t see our children doing so well, unless they come potty trained and with a service animal.
(Pause for effect)
As a matter of matters
We just got back from two Doctor visits.
Neuro and OB/GYN
Five years ago
My wife got an IUD, her insurance paid for the whole thing.
We will have to shell out at-least 1,000+ dollars
For her SECOND IUD
Let that sink in….
Now I have never thought much about birth control
my opinions were always more of
Hey it’s not my body not my choice
if I pay the crap out of pocket on insurance
And work, work, work.
Why isn’t it on my insurance?
It turns out it is…
It says it’s 100 percent covered under our family planning.
Like all things there is a LOOP HOLE the size of Mount Rushmore
Leave it to these guys
I wish they had control of my bank act and retirement….
That 100 percent?
Is 100 percent of the allotted budget amount they are given
Which is 300.00 dollars.
You read it.
What if I did that to my power bill
Or my car payment
Or my mortgage…
Birth control and contraceptives should be FREE and readily available to everyone
It’s not a want, it’s a need.
And what if all other medicines were treated this way?
Or with the same stigma as contraceptives
“Well Mister Stephens
It looks like you enjoy cake and doughnuts too much…
We are not going to cover your insulin.”
And birth control isn’t a one size fits all,Like your baseball cap.
If you work shift work
You’re not going to be able to remember to take a pill
On the 3rd Saturday of every month
At exactly 3:11
While reciting the months of the year, backwards.
But only while Harry Potter is streaming, otherwise – you’re pregnant Marsha.
You have to find the one that works the best for YOU…
I know I can get a vasectomy
But that’s a little bit permanent
This is adulthood
We should talk about this stuff
And be open about it
I should be able to plan with my wife
And you should be able to plan with your partner
And every neighboring town should have a planned parenthood
To help with these things
Because the truth is
Even your local health department can help with the financing for these things…
But you don’t see everyone trying to close those down…
Probably because the football coach teaching sex ed doesn’t even know about it.
If you do decide to get another pet instead,
Adopt from your local shelter
Because those guys believe they are dragons
And they will love you beyond measure….
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