New Normal – Jon Bennett


Larry sat in the day room
and looked at the clock
It was 1:22
He looked at the TV
then back at the clock
2:22, 2:22, 2:22
2:22?  A whole hour lost!?
He bolted from the room
and ran down the stairs
but time had slowed
and an hour later
he was still on them
Finally, he made it
to the Staff Office
“Yooou neeeeed sommmething?”
said a counselor
Larry’s eyes bugged out,
he’d lost everything,
house, wife, job, and now
even TIME had betrayed him
Would gravity reverse?
His eyeballs turn to egg yolks?
However, after taking a couple Ativan,
time returned to normal
which suddenly seemed
an entirely worse
sort of calamity.

Jon Bennett writes and plays music in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood.  You can find more of his work on iTunes, Spotify and Pandora.


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