Too busy to be worried.
Too hurried to be down about it.
Strong in mind, let’s talk about it.
When the worm wriggles on the hook
What you going to do about it?
When the world silences you with a stun gun,
When’s the stuntman going to fight about it?
When the world is dilly dallying, when is Schmidt going
To be about it?
When the mighty have fallen, how are they going to pronounce it?
Follow me into the sun, let’s cast shade around it.
What you gonna do about it?
When the world finds you fallen, in green leaves around it.
When the sink is full of dirty dishes, and no soap around it.
What you gonna do about it?
When your flow grows rust, and the lead is growing from it.
When you’re sick of running, and the mountain is surmounted?
When will the mind find peace, not zombie shouts?
What you gonna do about it
When you’re surrounded?
And the shouts get louder, and you begin to vomit?
When the comet comes, and your pants are down
Will you be pissed about it?
Or will the blood stains, piss stains, whatever leak out around it?
What you gonna do about it?
When the lakes are frozen, and no trees to breathe around it?
When the clown in office redeems your coupons
Or you lost it all and sink into the group home?
What you gonna do about it?
When they lose your name in the walls surrounded?
When the stone find love, and you leave dumbfounded?
What you gonna do when your TKO’d and someone’s standing proud
With foot on your chest, and laughter is allowed around it?
When they are throwing roses, and giving someone your title?
When the vital signs are less vital, and you trying to survive at the recital?
Cause your demons are tattooed on your arms, and they start to lift you,
And the gift they gave you, has a return date on it too?
What you gonna do about it?
When the house of cards is surrounded by sharks,
And the timer goes off,
And you gotta go back to work?
Whats worse, the diving bell or this verse?
What you gonna do about it?
When it all falls down, and no one is around
To doubt you?

Stand tall, that’s what you gotta do.
You gotta be about it.

No one can stop you
But you.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His new book is Train of Thought.