Poemetry by T.A. Barnhart


i’m one of the people
who would rearrange
the deck chairs
on the Titanic.
it’s not that i don’t care
that the ship
is sinking
and a whole lot of people
are going to die;
but honestly:
what can i do?
and it’s not like
they’ll let me on
one of the lifeboats.
i might as well
make things look
a little nicer,
reorganize the workflow,
keep myself busy
because facing the reality
that will dump my sorry ass
into freezing waters
is a lot more
than i can manage.
and i was never
very happy
with the placement
of these chairs;
it really wasn’t
the best view
of the endless sea.

©TA Barnhart April 14, 2020