paper and a pen
i say what am i going to do now
with the computer down and out?
well, she says, you always say that all
you ever need to write is paper and a pen.
but that was years ago, before the machine.
before hundreds of documents and thousands
of pages at my fingertips.
it’s still the same.
…but hopefully you’ll have the computer back
by the end of the week.
i hope the cleaning works.
thousands of pages of immortal poems
and some decent prose hang in the balance.
and many pictures from our vacations
and holidays too.
so what are you going to do?
finish this drink. go to bed.
lay restless while the cat spits up hairballs
on the floor before she lays next to me the rest
of the night.
then hopefully i’ll wake to the ugly sun
grab some paper and a pen
and reinvent the wheel before it’s time
to go to work.