“Drawing Down, Dead Down”
Back at Christmastime,
I dined at midday,
On the winter solstice,
With my work colleagues.
We wanted Ramen,
But, begrudgingly settled for pub fare due to long lines at the Ramen place.
Pubs provide listless people lists of listless choices.
I chose the Shepard’s Pie,
infused with lamb protein.
When choosing from a listless list,
Authenticity seems important.
At least, in that moment.
But, fuck, it falls flat.
Just another pretentious misadventure,
Whereby, my dish provides all discomfort and no comfort.
The meat tasting as if simmered in a Dutch Oven with flakes of junkyard rusted automobile bodies.
Not my best chew.
Thank Christ for the bread. Slathered with as much butter as a teensie-weensie butter basket can provide.
I’ll wait in the Ramen queue for however long it takes.
Published by Christopher Hickey
Welcome to my effort. Yes, as a great procrastinator, it requires great effort to stay focused on something productive that matters to me. I’ll find any old excuse to traipse from project to project, and I rarely end up at the place I started. I find this maddening, and exhaustive. So it is with high hopes, and a greater grasp of self-awareness, that I embark upon staying the course so to speak.
I enjoy writing. Be it blogs, fiction, poetry, etc. I love the craft and the act of creation, the art in and of itself, for it’s own sake and end. I am happy to be able to do it.
Born: March 1974
St.Francis de Sales, Charlestown MA
Don Bosco Technical High School, Boston MA
University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell MA
Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown MA
DePaul University, Chicago, IL
North Virginia Community College, Arlington VA
Harvard Extension School, Cambridge MA
Place of residence: Somewhere in the land of metro Boston. It’s vaguely familiar and becoming home more and more by the day, but when you come from “The Town” all else fails by comparison.
Favorite Color: I’m partial to all forms of blue.
Favorite Author: c’mon! don’t expect me to answer that, there are too many.
I enjoy memories of playing 80’s Atari better than playing any advanced gaming system that exists today.
Hope to be recognized for my paper clip collection. As well as my 27 rejected applications to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailiey Clown college.
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4 thoughts on ““Drawing Down, Dead Down””
I like shephards pie. And guiness stew. Bangers n mash. All those.
Ramen is better though. It’s a spicy!
I hear you, man. Thank Les for checking in.
I really liked this one. Great work! 🙂