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the life and the living

you, drunk on the honey,  
      i, sobered by the sting;  
you drink at the fountain,  
      i, sodden by the fling  
            of flotsam and jetsam  
                  you hurdle at my face  
            to render the programme  
                  your fortune—my disgrace.  
 
                        the milk curds, you guzzle,  
                              while i must count the horns;  
                        you sicken on rose blooms,  
                              while i must bleed on thorns.  
                                    content in your castle,  
                                          peace find you in the storm;  
                                    i trouble the wayside,  
                                          but find no nook to warm  
 
                  my batter-bruised torso,
            your instrument of toil,
      subdued in your service,
while you reap all the spoil.
you dance in the sunshine,
      i tremble in the rain;
            you crave life’s wild pleasures,
                  i vomit up my pain.
 
                                    you sleep on soft pillows,  
                                          discomfort is my stone;  
                                    i weep in the willows,  
                                          you play your saxophone:  
                        your laughter is shallow,  
                              my sighs cut from the core;  
                        your future is hollow,  
                              my needs shall haunt no more.  
 
            the life and the living  
                  are yours alone, it seems;  
            the death and the dying  
                  are mine, chock full of dreams.  
      be happy, laugh, eat, live,  
while sorrows i endure;  
      take all your todays, give  
me my forevermore.  
 
© Copyright 2023 June 09  
by Clyve A. Bowen♫
Written by cabcool
Published | Edited 11th Jun 2023
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