Haikus of hopelessness

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So what will you say
When after it all they ask
So what did you bring

Here’s one of my old online flames I remembered today that makes me smile: Haikus of Hopelessness. I was working in London, and was finding agency life a little strange and soul destroying. So I wrote about it in haikus for some reason. Here’s as far as I got before it seems the life was completely sapped from my body:

ichi
Headphones in my ears
But today silence abounds
Forgot to press play

ni
Bring some new copy
Into existence with love
Then wait for amends

san
Head turns to the left
Realise that’s the first time
Eyes have looked outside

shi
Not sure what to do
Make some tea, look at YouTube
And go to the loo

go
Faces mute and still
Shattered dreams carpet the floor
Silence weighs heavy

roku
I buy satsumas
A whole box for the office
Most of them are off

nana
Salvation awaits
At jacksonpollock.org
Click for the rainbow

hachi
A crow takes a pie,
Whole, from the balcony ledge
Then flies far away

kyuu
When all around you
Turns into elephant dung
Play a game of pool

juu
When you lose at pool
Eat a few Celebrations
Just the Maltesers

juu-ichi
Only one thing can
Save this excuse for a day
It’s a pink dolphin

juu-ni
Daffodils are nice
Yellow and proud on a desk
They smell a bit though

juu-san
When the screen goes black
It’s surprising to see
The face that stares back*

juu-ron
Content that’s sticky
Will adhere itself sweetly
To receptive minds

juu-go
Silence, white headphones
A faint smell of bakewell tarts
And vintage clothing

<shortly after this, I got fired>

juu-roku
The birds have returned
Singing their fast, flitting songs
While I turn the soil

<then I got hired again>

juu-nana
Champagne bubbles rise
Hope slides slowly down along
The sides of the glass

juu-hachi
Flourescent lights shine
Towards eyes that squint but can’t
Focus on the screen

juu-kyuu
Something feels awry
When a wasabi pea holds
The day’s greatest thrill

nijuu
So what will you say
When after it all they ask
So what did you bring

nijuu-ichi
Eight mugs of tea made
Most of the internet read
A productive day

nijuu-ni
Fourteen tabs open
Click type click type sip yawn click
Waiting for the crash

*I know this is 5-6-5, but

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