Sunday, November 01, 2020

dark side of the moon #5

life's a drag, sometimes..

photo of Kyoto at night by dsnake1

dark side of the moon #5

there was always talk of downsizing
and now it wasn't just talk

he wondered what his wife was cooking
for dinner, it was not much lately

working on her figure, yoga she said,
was at her friend's playing mahjong

terry the dog drowned in the toilet bowl
just a couple of days back

it was getting thinner, anyway

he wandered mindlessly into the supermarket
the shelves were too much for him

maybe i can get something simple for dinner
just pop it in the microwave?

or not

he shouldn't had turned left into the casino.

ten stories is too high, he thought.
to jump


“The sea is endless when you are in a rowboat.”

― Adolfo Bioy Casares, The Invention of Morel

© cheong lee san ( dsnake1 ) 2020

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Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Luv the photo, those dazzling night lights.
Sorry he is in such a pathetic mood.
Hope he goes home to dinner however humble it may be


01 November, 2020 22:13  
Blogger Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh gosh, that's very dark – and, sadly, drawn too much from life I'd guess.

01 November, 2020 22:36  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

the photo was taken in Japan, and i thought it might suit this post.
yes, going home would be the best scenario!
thank you, Gillena! :)

01 November, 2020 22:51  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

yes, that was dark.
it was drawn from a news story that stunned a nation. a man who lost heavily in gambling killed his wife and child and then himself. :(
anyway, i left the ending open-ended in this poem.

01 November, 2020 23:00  
Blogger Rommy said...

You've described the despair edging towards madness really well here. Nothing can skew our vision the was despair can.

01 November, 2020 23:17  
Anonymous Ron. Lavalette said...

Tale and a half, told without telling, as it should be. Very impressive; there's all kinds of downsizing, eh?
Well done.

02 November, 2020 00:03  
Blogger C. Sandlin said...

This gave me flashbacks to last year (spouse's job evaporated, one of our pups passed away) and as dark as it kinda reminded me that we lived through it. So. I'm just going to sit here with that thought for a minute.

02 November, 2020 00:25  
Blogger indybev said...

What a dark and desperate tale! For some reason a Thoreau quote came to mind ... "Our lives are frittered away by detail" this case grim detail!

02 November, 2020 00:44  
Blogger Magaly Guerrero said...

This is heartbreaking. I wish it wasn't a truth of the times. So many people are losing their livelihood and themselves, too. Poor puppy, poor man. Poor us.

02 November, 2020 01:17  
Anonymous colleen Looseleaf said...

Ooh. What a cliff hanging drop down surprise. At first I thought the moon was downsizing.

02 November, 2020 05:02  
Blogger Old Egg said...

Clearly he doesn't have friends or interests to occupy him. How can anyone be that bored?

02 November, 2020 08:18  
Blogger rallentanda said...

A poem of despair....stay safe stay cheerful (not easy I know !)

02 November, 2020 09:19  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


i know, this is a very depressing poem. :(


Thank you!
ah, yes, all kinds of downsizing, company size, the paycheck, the home. :(
the ending left open-ended is intended. it is already dark enough.


oh wow, i am so sorry to hear that.
you're so strong to go through all those.

02 November, 2020 15:52  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


Thank you for the wonderful Thoreau quote. very apt for today's times. just think of social media. how much of our time are spent on apps, and how hard to really get away from that...


sadly, it was written with a true story that hit the headlines in mind. :(
you can see my reply to Rosemary's comment.


this dark side of the moon series is a series of dark tales. there will be more to come. :)

02 November, 2020 16:06  
Blogger dsnake1 said...


thank you!
perhaps. but the work culture here is really something, the pace is frantic. work. eat. sleep. repeat. there is not much time for anything else. i have been through that. i have learned to slow down and managed to retire. :)


Thank you. you stay safe too. :)

02 November, 2020 17:38  
Blogger Helen said...

Love how you 'open-ended' this. Left us to create our own versions. Cheers.

03 November, 2020 02:55  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

that's the idea!
Thank you, Helen. :)

03 November, 2020 19:37  
Blogger ashok said...

Well written

16 November, 2020 15:01  
Blogger dsnake1 said...

Thank you, Ashok! :)

16 November, 2020 15:18  

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