Life By Rote

The Earth will spin and with it, us,
and all our daily chores,
will add to the weight, will add to the pull
of this spinning orb.
The Earth will spin and signal day;
and night, and mark the time we spent away,
and the hours spent toiling or –
worse –
not toiling, the hours spent
with hungering tongues, the hours spent
wishing for toil, the life we
have learned to live by rote,
the life we have fallen into.

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