Eighteen years to prepare for a life
The promise was comfort after
Wife, kids, a house and a car
A sinewy pension and a country home to boot
The world was changing, no one was telling us
It won’t be enough, no one told us
We heard of the 1.5 and the three to eternity
But not of the grinding unapologetic teeth of life
The frowning heads on choked necks were the traitors
Education is all you got. Your identity
We heard it so long it came alive
We got education and forgot to live
Our stars are really failed suns, no one told us
The broken ones got the job of fixing us
It would be fine in the end...
Retain and retain and you’ll make something
Of yourself, you’ll make a legacy
On that tawdry bed, we glided to Shangrilla
We now look questioningly around
This is not it
Our eyes are darting
Here, there. Here there.
Reality bares its teeth.
Wife, kids and a pool house dissolve into wisps
Sweat, blood, tears and nails.
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