The Daily Prompt- October 3rd- The Monkey’s Paw


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The Prompt:

You wake up one morning to find that you have been given the thing you want most in the world. Describe how this ruins your life.


  1. The Running Son

    You cannot see me.
    Behind my Rolex and green stacks
    between my yes-men and roadies
    Get’s hard to breathe and I mean that.

    Get’s hard to trust and you’ve seen that.
    Get’s hard to screen out the weasels
    or lean back, relax and feel gratitude
    beneath these appeasing people.

    Padlocks keep honest men honest,
    but money makes them cagey
    like vultures salivating
    while the money flow is stable.

    Under-the-table backhand deals incubating?
    That’s the golden egg,
    and the chicken
    that hatched it, swapping GMO’s and fornicating.

    I’ve become unrelatable, I’m fading, labeled
    Grade A US Pasteurized,
    like the Real Housewives,
    but the horror story hiding behind the American fable.

    A million channels of cable cannot satiate.
    Take this plate away,
    My palate cannot concentrate
    the way these garnishes are suspiciously prearranged.

    I painted my rec-room 50 Shades of Grey.
    Got me a stripper pole,
    and a Papal Bull in a case
    I purchased on eBay, in case I break some cardinal rule.

    Am I the ruler of the world? I’ve lost perspective..
    Maybe I’m a fool.
    Just as likely; I’m running
    for president, and paid blood to buy the electoral pool.

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