False Hopes and your Eyes half closed

Long nights awake in bed, my tired circuitry is sparking with the energy of a jazz band. There is so much to be done in this life, but at 1am there is nowhere to go. Just to sleep. By 6am sunlight is faint, and my eyes are heavy enough to witness unconscious dreams of greatness on the dorm room’s concrete wall. The future on the concrete wall, a vortex of fog and the ghosts of future selves. The projector has been on all along – 8am awake to find myself sleep-screaming in the back of class. In the dream, someone telling me I’d been wrong. And in a few moments when I graduate I’ll be awoken by the screeching of a library desk. 8 hours of class, 6 hours of clearing tables. The kitchen is a cluster-bomb of aluminum line cooks, and the incredulous owner saying I yesterday called to quit my job. From my back on my mattress I had dreamt-up unemployment and I swear the projector had been turned on. The vortex on the wall it swirls; dreams no longer clearly separating from reality. Dizzying clouds of cigarette smoke in the heyday hours of a gentle trip. Today I am the professor of pharmaceuticals. Fog rolls down the basement steps to underground bars where bass-drops come in flavors of neon candy. I’ve been reading more Pynchon lately; Calvin and Hobbes for what might lie awake in the future’s fog. Tomorrow I can be a dentist; I can be a desk clerk. Tomorrow morning I can be quickly falling through the sewer grate, or founding an internet platform. I am going to write novels when I graduate, or I can uncover the next Watergate, or I will be the first to manufacture sheets of graphene. In a few years when I’m well on the road to my dreams, starting my own business and happily getting married, I’ll realize I’m awake in class, and they’re all frozen and watching me. Hope mocks me for being so dead wrong; the concrete wall is a facade, and all of life has passed me by on my back, long days awake in bed on my back. I awake to find myself still asleep in class, and everyone is watching, the vortex on my desk in a puddle of blood, where the pencil has dug a crater into the back of my hand.

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9 comments

  1. Gospel Isosceles · January 23

    This shit is so good. Ornette Coleman’s ‘The Shape of Jazz To Come’ comes to mind. Hear it if you haven’t.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sudden Denouement · January 28

    Reblogged this on Sudden Denouement Literary Collective and commented:
    Compelling, visceral writing from Mick’s Neon Fog

    Like

  3. Max Meunier · January 28

    Your expression is captivating. You possess the holy grail of creative expression. I dig it.

    Like

  4. jasperkerkauwriting · January 28

    More of Mick doing what he does. Fucking brilliant!

    Like

  5. davekingsbury · February 2

    Breaks down all sorts of barriers … what writing should be!

    Like

  6. jessamayann · February 3

    Another seriously visual piece. Loving reading your work.

    Liked by 1 person

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