• Paul D. Wilke

The Daydream Assassins


Look all around

in the crowded parks

on the busy streets

in the packed trains

on the narrow balconies

of cut and paste

tenement blocks.

Search far

and wide for

the one looking up


at nothing


doing nothing


not one goddamn thing

but lying on the grass

or sitting on a park bench

or looking out a window

like an idle idiot

a lazy loafer


looking up

at nothing

that we

can see


doing nothing

that we

can see


maybe staring

at the clouds

in the sky

or

the stars

in the heavens

or what the fuck?

There's nothing extraordinary

out of the ordinary

it's all quite ordinary

whatever's up there

that we cannot see.


So then why does he do it?


What good does it do?


What money does it make?


Do something for Christ's sake!


Go someplace

look forward

or backward

or down

or at a screen

or a mirror

or the medicine cabinet


if that's what you need


just move out

with a purpose

any purpose will do

like the rest of us


But looking up?


And at nothing

in particular?


No, this will not do!

SO COME NOW!


Grab his attention

and yank him back down

to where he belongs

with the rest of us and

do it now

FOR HIS OWN GOOD

before anyone else wakes up.





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PDW

Paris France

October 2021

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