Donald Hall

Deathwork

Wake when dog whimpers. Prick Finger. Shoot up insulin. Glue teeth in. Smoke a cigarette. Shudder and fret. Feed dog and cat. Write syllabic   On self-pity. Get Boston Globe. Drink coffee. Eat bagel. Read At nervous speed. Smoke a cigarette. Never forget To measure oneself against Job.   Drag out afternoon. Walk dog. Don't write. Turn off light. Smoke a cigarette Watching sun set. Wait for the fucking moon.   Nuke lasagna. Pace and curse. For solitude's support Drink Taylor's port. Smoke a cigarette. Sleep.

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