went tick tock
It was a lonely summer night
and the young man had all the time in the world
and no desire for company.
You see, he had quit his job at the company
so he could enjoy his own
and he started to notice
like the switch, that turned-on the porch light.
He didn’t know what that switch was for
until tonight (He Rented an Apartment).
With nothing to do, details came into focus
at a much slower pace
like the passage of time
and the clock
going tick tock.
It was nearly midnight
and the young man hadn’t talked to anyone in several days.
in bed, but
just the pleasure of being alone.
Then it happened…
His muscles seized-up
and he couldn’t move
He tried to call for help
but no sound came-out
He lay there for hours
until the morning light filled his room
His eyes were wide with terror
He was thirsty
There was a knock at his door
but their footsteps walked away
unable to save him.
The young man was in heaven
when he had control of his mind
but when that was stolen from him
the miracle would be his dehydration death.
He tried to think around the barriers keeping him paralyzed.
Perhaps, if he used the left side of his brain, or the right
he might be able to move?
Perhaps the lower, emotional brain
or the reptilian stem?
He thought in as many different ways
as he could, but nothing helped him.
He was trapped.
Until the present,
many things had been wrapping him up
and his thoughts
untied their beautiful bows.
A spider crawled the length of his arm
and bit him
He didn’t know if it was poisonous or not
It began to spin a web, around him
Two months later
his manager found him
“He was always a quiet customer,” she said. “He never bothered anybody.”