NaPoWriMo # 11
“Well, well, Lucius,
“I thought you might.”
“Oh, I just had a hunch.
Would you like to come in?”
“Let me take your coat
I will hang it right here where you can find it.”
“oh, please, sit down
make yourself comfortable
I was just putting on a pot of coffee…?”
“You know, I have been thinking about our conversation…”
“cream? sugar? croissant?
I have tried to cut back, myself, but there is something about the butter…”
“I agree. I agree. It is not the easiest thing to grasp,
but if you really consider it, you will find it will have the best result.”
“But you said you were hoping to find a short cut…
and if it gets you what you want, it would be worth it, yes?”
“That is not true. I am not asking much from you, no time, no money.
“I do not need your money or your time.
“Nothing will change for you, I swear, except that you will be a complete winner!”
“No, not really, it is actually completely painless,
I mean, it is not a physical extraction, or anything.
It is more like a weight off your shoulders,
a true lifting of your spirit…
none of that phony euphoria.
“Think about it!
You will have nothing left to worry about.
Your place in the world fully established!”
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Oh, what in hell are you whining about?
Did you not reach the top?
Did you not attain everything you desired?
Is your wife not lovely? your children brilliant and accomplished?
Then why are you carrying on like a fool?
You are recognized by your peers around the world.
You are handsome, healthy, wealthy beyond imagination.
Sit Down, Lucius, and Shut Up, you sniveling worm.
Begging and pleading like a simpering fool.
Do you not see it became mine that morning over coffee…
Your shining eyes – blinded by all the possibilities I laid at your feet.
You – so wrapped up in what could be, you did not feel it slip away…
You did not even think about it! did not even wonder! did not even care!
Your soul has been mine from the moment you came to me.
Your soul became mine while you agonized over the right path to take.
Get of here now.
Go back to your wonderful life. Toast your success, knowing that in truth
you have nothing, nothing, nothing worth holding.
(this needs more work…but I post it today to get it on the books)