On This Day I Completed My 46th Year – John W. Leys Guest Barista

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I woke up this morning
With fewer steps ahead
Then there are behind,
As the incline increases
In proportion to the number
Of familiar faced corpses
Rotting in the ditch
Along the side of the road.

Bone on bone
Cartilage-free grinding
In my knees
Won’t hold out much longer.

Though they’ve lasted
Ten years longer
Than Byron’s club foot,
Marching a Grecian swamp
In search of a soldier’s grave
To lie down in.

Forty-Six years
And both my parents are gone,
My own sunset in sight,
Nihilism scratching
The inside of my skull.
Drifting in the dusk,
Memories of motivations
And dreams unseen
Flutter and fade,
Smoke in the sky.


You can read more of John’s writing at Darkness of His Dreams.

4 thoughts on “On This Day I Completed My 46th Year – John W. Leys Guest Barista

  1. As an ageing 68 year-old, your words rattle my bones, and your finale, was appropriate, as smokey days cloud my eyes….
    ” Memories of motivations
    And dreams unseen
    Flutter and fade,
    Smoke in the sky.”

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