Archive for June, 2008

June 2, 2008

THE RITES OF INDOLENCE

INERTIA


by John Tottenham

(excerpted from THE INERTIA VARIATIONS)

THE RITES OF INDOLENCE

Breathing in the stale draughts
That sift through the cracks in the sofa,
Slowly dreaming myself into a demoralized fog
That loosely resembles the conscious state.
Groggy with unneeded sleep, I approach the table
Wondering if there is any use, at this point,
In attempting to do anything.
Probably not. But the gesture, at least, must be made.