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Rush Hour

I rush through each day as if I have endless days ahead of me
When in reality each day is counting down to my demise
I awake each morning running my day through my mind
Planning on how to get there in the shortest amount of time

I rush through traffic, angry that it is moving so slowly
I run through the halls, arriving at my office out of breath
Logging in as I throw my purse in a drawer, the clerk reminds me of a meeting
There's fifty emails to answer and the blasted light on my phone is blinking

Burning my tongue on a cup of coffee, I rush down the stairs clutching my PDA
Deleting messages on my way to another conference I'm not ready for
To be told to move their projects to the top of my priorities
I return to my desk and scratch another due date to my to do list

Lunch comes and goes as I swallow yet another yogart and banana
I should have stock in these companies; it's my daily substance
Budget is due and the contracts are behind; by the way where is my handouts?
I still haven't answered that stupid light on my phone

The day is finished and I finally get around to the messages
One is canceling tomorrows meeting but there are two to replace it.
The last call is my doctors office telling me the biopsy is back
Could I make an appointment to see the doctor right away; it's abnormal.

Cars honk as they pass me in their hurry to no where
I don't see them through the veil of tears streaming off my cheek
Did I just pass my exit?  I don't care
I'm no longer in a hurry; the sun has just set on my day.

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  1. Date: 8/1/2009 10:53:00 PM
    richly written with such details of both business and personal, we all get wrapped up in the hustle too much sometimes to really smell and see the beauty as well it sometimes takes a personal or family crisis or delimna or in this case a call from a doctor to realize why and exactly where was I going in such a hurry each day,,,blessings..Cecil

  1. Date: 4/29/2009 4:23:00 AM
    Lena! oh my!!!! you have captured life in a bottle!!!!! oh! oh! oh! your last stanza is perfection!!!! so interesting... I have to leave now for work...and I read your poem about same!!!! I'll stop by later!!! love, Jim

  1. Date: 4/25/2009 10:22:00 PM
    A sad write but so touching and extremely well written. You capture the truth of a hectic day and the emotions of life so well. Peace, Light, and Love be with you always. Smiles from Lolita