From the forthcoming Train of Thought 2


This rehearsal life, this photograph is fading.
Not much light to shine, the contrast is off.
The world is a flower and each petal has been picked
and dried out on a gravestone.

I am one of a bunch of flowers trampled on by an overzealous God, or a villain in the heart
running each game, you can’t beat the house.
Walk out with nothing but a sad smile.

My gravestone will be:
Tried hard, but not enough for you to remember me.
This world of threes, this disease this distaste, debased.

The time stamp on this life overdue on this book.
A vessel that sank too soon.
A world of mad hatters, and only one Alice.

This world is no wonderland.


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