Bordering into Friday…

The nuclear, asteroid Armageddon
Apocalypse movies are so full of shit,
picturing Americans gathering
with family and friends waiting, weeping
and communing with one another, turning
their lives over to spirits great and small
or rampaging through angry streets
pillaging and gorging on the remnants
of commerce and culture. They’re full
of shit because I know what’s going to
happen on that final day:

There will be a woman in a donut shop
yelling at the clerk, “I don’t care if the
world is ending, I want the multi-colored
sprinkles not the orange ones!”

There will be a young child on the deck
of a beautiful final resort screaming at his
parents, “You brought me here and there
is nothing to do! Except look at trees!”

There will be a man reaming a salesman
a new asshole over a minor detail
in the new siding that is being
applied to his home, “I want
this fixed, immediately!”

There will be a man directing another
to fill the enormous gas tank
of an enormous SUV, “Hey Habib or
whatever the fuck your name is!
Fill it up pronto!”

There will be a woman in a movie theater
demanding, “I want two free tickets for
the movie I just watched because I was
ten minutes late. I missed the entire
dream sequence.”

There will be a man in a Mexican restaurant
pouring margaritas down his throat and
complaining about how horribly his family
treats him, “They jusht don’t appreshiate me!”

There will be a woman in a convenience store
interrogating the clerk about the freshness
of the coffee, “This coffee had better be
fresh or I will bring it back and you
will replace it!”

There will be a man informing a carpenter,
“I have to go to Manhattan to get my dog’s
ears pierced and I want this job
finished before I return.”

There will be manic and dangerous jockeying
for position on the highways and turnpikes
and expressways.

There will be a woman in a Thai restaurant
asking the waitress, “Are you Chinese?”

I know that this is what will happen,
because we were given the chance
to reflect, reconsider and effect change.

I know that this is what will happen,
because this is what has happened
since the world ended the last time.
You remember when the world ended the
last time, right? When the towers fell.
When everyone said how profoundly it
would effect life in these states. How
profoundly it would impact the people.

Shall we face the dark, horrific truth?

We have screwed the pooch and
there is nothing to suggest that
we would spend the next chance
any differently.

Hey Habib!
There’s nothing to do!
They don’t appreciate me!
I want this job finished!
I want fresh coffee!
I want orange sprinkles!
Are you Chinese?

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