nonbreathing

kids
it’s a social jungle out there
and you’re gonna realize that
just about everyone has an opinion about
how you are supposed to live your life
it is a trillion dollar industry making clever suggestions
of what you should throw into the void

what will you throw into the void?
a beautiful house? a committed husband?
a church on fire? a pet goldfish? a novel?
(haha) a white picket fence? a god complex?
a poem?

there have gotta be so many poems
just floating around in the void

but kids
point is
you can play the game
make every correct step
and all the right connections
you can say all the right things
and follow the blueprint to the tee
but you are chasing insatiability
you can chase insatiability
but you’ll never stop
my suggestion
in laymen’s terms
is don’t give a fuck

clarification necessary on that one
don’t give a fuck
um
just decide what you want to do
and go
give it everything
run into this house on fire
and grab whatever is most valuable to you
and if you’re gonna be selfish
trust me, the world is gonna find a way
to let you know
nice people sleep better
i’d bet my life on it

and somedays will be lost to nothing
but not really
there’s a reason composers mark rests
we breathe in and out
but i don’t understand why there’s no name
for the pause inbetween the two

nonbreathing
yeah let’s call it nonbreathing

COPYRIGHT BRICE MAIURRO 2015

Author: brice maiurro

Denver poet. Author of Stupid Flowers, out now through Punch Drunk Press.

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