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nothing (is all that I've got)


good manners cost nothing
and cost even less
when nothing is all that you've got
all I've had is nothing
well that's something I guess
the conversation went on like this for some time
and by the end of the evening
both of us had nothing

I awoke the next day
and leaned across
to check the contents of my wallet
it was empty of course
good manners always cost more than you anticipate

that morning had been uneventful
I managed some strong coffee
oh and a go-ahead bar
the wrapper promised a delious yogurt flavour topping
on a light crispy biscuit
with a sultana & berry flavoured filling
I agreed with the wrapper
so I walked over to the fridge
and scribbled
delious yogurt biscuits
next to bread and milk
it was going to be a good day I thought

I woke again around noon
you know you're getting older
when you wake up more tired
then when you went to sleep
I don't remember going to sleep
or getting older
but at some point
I must have done both

I always took my time in the shower
let the hot water really soak into my skin
because despite my overall appearance
I am not a dirty person
in fact I probably took more showers than most
not for the reasons you think though
I read that an adult male's body is 60% water
and I was afraid that I'd dry out if I didn't
my shrink called it
an irrational fear
she told me that one of her other clients
had been attacked by a dog
and now has a fear of all dogs
even ornament dogs
can you believe that
I tipped my hat
and thanked her for her time

she said we still had some time left
I hoped she was right
she meant the session
we still had time left in the session
sorry I said
need to see a man about a dog
I suggested that she do the same
goodbye Mr. Reeveler she said
goodbye Mrs. Reeveler I said
having a shrink was like having a wife
they both point out your flaws
and take your money
my problem was that I didn't have any
by now I was running a hundred pound a day
cocaine habit
and I had the blues
even my shoes were walking out on me
my ex wife cheated on me
and when I found out
I cheated on myself
all the while my shoes kept flapping







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