Regular Poem: On This Edition of Hangover, Migraine, or That Weird Illness That’s Going Around at Work

8 Apr

It’s the worst game show
for so many reasons.

For one,
all of them can turn into each other–
so many similar causes and effects and symptoms is what
makes the game worth playing,
after all–
at any moment
under the right circumstances
under the right wrong moon
like a werewolf
who can transition at will
at the small price
of her sanity.
Even if you have the right answer
it could be the wrong answer
the next second.

For two,
it’s so depressing
buzzing in–
and the buzzer
hurts your ears and
eyes
somehow–
and knowing that
you’ve at least partially or probably fully
caused it yourself
and whatever it is
may or may not dissipate
before you do something
that might cause the next thing
or force the current thing
into being the next thing.

And for three,
even if
by some miracle
you guess exactly right
in exactly the right instant
lock in your answer
make your final jeopardy wager
and you win,

you do not win.
Everyone loses this game.
Even the house.
Especially the house.

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