Disillusionment

At seventeen,

The sun in my face, I walked down an interminable road towards

Something, I never knew what

But I was so sure I would reach it, and great things would be at the end of the road

Things of passion and light.

 

By 27, I’d learned that adult life was not about passion

Nor about interminable roads and sun in your eyes, except during the two-week holiday when adults pretend they’ve arrived somewhere, try to photograph time to a standstill, and hide in a jug of sangria.

Adult life is a matter of washing and carrying, moving, scrubbing, cooking and typing, all the while looking very serious

Ironing ties and dreading the laddered pantyhose

Sitting still focusing all day on unimportant things for money

Ogling most nights at made-up passion in books and television

Calling everyone a fool who opts out.

And then wondering why life doesn’t feel right,

Waking up at night in a sweat with your heart pumping,

Uncomfortable at the thought that the Earth has no problem turning without you

That the leaves drop and turn to black mush in the gutter every autumn

And once the sangria’s gone, there’s nowhere left to hide.

 

At 37 I find myself staring at the sun again, hoping to unlearn everything.

Life was supposed to be a joyous dance.

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5 thoughts on “Disillusionment

  1. Waking up at night in a sweat with your heart pumping, Uncomfortable at the thought that the Earth has no problem turning without you Oh man! That’s just exactly how it is. Totally awesome and real post, Laura!

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