Case of the Mondays.

13 Apr

there are days
when it all goes
wrong.

on the freeway
at home
in the super-
market
and everywhere
else

continual
uninterrupted
ferocious
haphazard
assaults
on what
is left of
your
sanity and
sensibilities.

whe gods first
play with you
and then
play
against
you.

your nerves
simmer until they’re
raw.

no philosophical
shield
will protect you,
no amount of wisdom is
good enough.

you’re hung out
as quarry
for the
dogs and
the
masses;
the breakdown
of the
machinery
and all
reason
is
total.

then
there’s always
-suddenly-
a bright
smiling face
with dim
eyes, some
half-stranger
shouting
loudly:
“hey, how ya
doing?”

~Charles Bukowski, Here and Now

This is the first half of the poem Here and Now by Charles Bukowski.  And I think that it describes well how many of us often feel.  Especially on days like today… Mondays.  You wake up on the wrong side of the bed on the first workday of the week and it is all downhill from there.  Nothing seems to want to go right.  Everywhere you go, it seems like something or somebody is out to make your life just that much harder and more frustrating.

But then, in the middle of it all, almost without fail, somebody calls, texts, emails, or tweets you… “Hey, how ya doing?”.  You feel like just going off on them because, well, you want to be able to pass the frustration from your shoulders to theirs.  But you don’t.  Your response is along the lines of “Oh, I am fine.  How are you?”  And from there the conversation either flows or dies of.  And somehow you walk away feeling a little bit better.

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