06 December 2008

a lighter colour

a lighter colour might relieve the day
of tiny pains and errors in my thought
these factors that add up to make distraught
the sense of being in a tragic play
waiting to learn just what the critics say
just to find out if it was all for naught
those words and actions that in time were wrought
to earn another evening's small pay
each role that's taken makes a smaller dash
upon the surface of this narrow lake
on which we lay an old and sacred name
our purpose is defined for cold hard cash
not undertaken for some human ache
since nothing gains us points in a great game

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