WHEN AMERICA WAKES

“WAKE UP, AMERICA!”
— frequent talk-show utterance

When America wakes
it will scrabble for the alarm clock
knocking it to the floor

When America wakes
its first thought will be
“oh God my head…”

When America wakes
it will vaguely remember a dream
something about… mountains?

When America wakes
it will plod down the hall
thinking about coffee and cigarettes

When America wakes
it will not notice that its bathrobe
is on inside out

When America wakes
it will sit in the bathroom
for a long time

When America wakes
it will wonder
who left all the lights on

When America wakes
it will shuffle into the living room
and find the front door open and the TV set gone

When America wakes
it will realize there is no more coffee
and settle for a diet Pepsi from the fridge

When America wakes
it will push aside the pile of mail on the table
to make room for a bowl of corn flakes

When America wakes
it will try to recall
what happened

When America wakes
it will scratch the stubble on its chin
and wish it had stayed in bed

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2 responses to “WHEN AMERICA WAKES

  1. So poignant, Skip. Don’t know what else to say.

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