Stills and Clips

We live in stills,
in clips and film shorts.
Segments of played out routines
running over and over again
from day to day;
catch phrases and smiles.

The same looks,
the same words.
history tricks us into
believing we are different.

Programmed, run by programs.
Green underlines for grammar errors;
red underlines for spelling errors.
Is it ever the right punctuation?

Does this hide the truth?
Does it hide the pain?
Lives have beginning and end
but in the middle
we are running from rock bottom
because we know how it hits the hardest.

Observe and explore;
to search for the point where
we begin to believe
our routines are real
and hopefully I’ll begin
to understand why
we ever put ourselves inside
a box out of which to think.