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The Daily Grind
by Richard Lee King

Friday, August 06, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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This is one I wrote a few years ago. Since that time, I've met a fantastic lady who has given me a "New Lease on Life" and it's no longer the "Grind" that it seemed to be at that time.


I roll out of my bed
and onto my feet.
It’s coffee and the sports page,
then rustle up something to eat.
Turn on the stereo
shuffle’s the setting.
Hope you like country music,
mostly that’s what you’ll be getting.
If it’s Sunday
I’ll be mowing the grass.
If it’s any other day,
I’ll probably just sit on my ass.
Sometimes in the evening
I’ll give Mom a call.
If I time it just right
I can also give Karen my all.
When Monday comes around,
the phone starts in about eight.
I always try to answer
I wouldn’t dare hesitate.
It could be a customer
wanting us to enter a quote,
but it’s more likely a telemarketer
or someone asking for my vote.
Usually in mid afternoon,
I’ll simply divorce the phone.
I might slip out for lunch
but, I’ll probably go alone.

Most days I’m on the computer
but, I’ve never done any surfing.
I do proposals for my son,
I like to call it working.
I’ll check out my e-mail
to see what I might find.
If it’s incoming jokes,
I’ll try to respond in kind.
I don’t usually shower,
until I’m going somewhere.
If it’s a really slow day,
maybe a few games of solitaire.
Somewhere around five,
once or twice a week,
I’ll stop for happy hour
with some friends I’ll plan to meet.
Most evenings, I’ll listen to music
or, I might watch some TV.
Maybe have a glass of wine.
Maybe two or three.
I have some favorite shows
that I just never miss.
It’s the wonders of Tivo,
which offer rewards like this.
Monday night is my favorite,
during football season.
It’s a chance to get out of the house,
using football as the reason.
The rest of the year
I don’t favor one night over the other.
But, I’m sure it would be different
if I simply had a lover.

After Monday, the rest of the week
pretty much follows in line.
I’d make plans to do other things,
if, I could only find the time.
Most evenings, if I’m bored,
I might take a little walk.
Friday’s a guy sings at the pub
so, I won’t even have to talk.
When Saturday finally rolls around
my neighbor’s will ask me to golf.
Lately I’ve said yes a lot,
but my game’s been really off.
I used to really enjoy playing.
It was one of my favorite perks.
But, now I’m just so lousy
it seems too much like work.
He generally beats me.
She usually does too.
I don’t like getting beat,
but at least, it’s something to do.
Then comes another Sunday,
and it all starts over again.
I should get out of this rut
but I’m just not sure that I can.


© copyright 2010 Richard Lee King,      author of: A Pursuit of Life
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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 8/10/2010
Give Tiger a call. He's probably available for lessons about now....lessons from you that is. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 8/10/2010
Glad you made it out of the doldrums, Richard! I guess writing it down must have been therapy for you....nicely done.

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 8/9/2010
It's wonderful that you've found love and more purpose. A fine poem, life was still good to you even then but I'm sure it has a much deeper fulfillment now.
Reviewed by David Maclellan 8/9/2010
Hey Richard, it doesn't sound like too bad of a rut. Lots of things happening with friends, family and work, but then maybe it's just your poetic expression that makes it sound interesting. Very enjoyable read!

Best wishes,
Reviewed by pat medlin 8/7/2010
hope you're dancin' in the rain...swingin' in the wind and eatin' buttercups for breakfast...and glad to hear these words are no longer descriptive of your daily grind
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 8/6/2010
Wow ~
Ha Ha! And now look how you are a happy man!
This poem winds wonderfully through your private affairs before the lady. Now, let's have a poetic look at life post-lady?

You are so talented with form !
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 8/6/2010
You have describe an all too common theme in this life for many, Richard. I am glad you have found a fine lady to get you out of the "grind." Love and peace to you,


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