Achilles Heal

By james a. galgano


The bulletproof embankment with strained smile tilted to the left

Crawls as a baby to complete each chore set before each day

In a manner that depicts an almost cartoonish quality begging delight

While routine now cast into seeks to find a path back to sanity undetected

With aged eyes peering through medicated vision lingers unforeseen

Almost fulfilling prophecy as a stereotypical character in another’s dream

Going through the motions dodging every obstacle provoking pain

Where there is nothing to regain what has been lost almost thoroughly complete

By mere chance or accident upon living room floor easily consigned

To the worries that often overcome a once countenanced grimace self defined

Knowing less than full well each domino now descending without detection

Awaits some distant destination belying each obvious imperfection intact

As if to exact an incongruous inclination to remedy hesitantly forsworn

Born of some unintentional misapprehension at the other end seen tunnel’s light

Be it oncoming train or incontinent disdain for another impending plight

Here is where time is so bright it blinds us to memory seeking to remind thus

That there is something more to be achieved once hopes have been deceived

Leaving nothing to relieve the quandary stained upon soiled sleeve contrite

Often overwhelming yet never fully confusing that come what may it might

Resurrect some promise of redemption or a facsimile of undeniable dismay

Depicted in a cartoon crawlspace leaving routine to recover into inevitable decay


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